We all knew The Simpsons Movie would rule the weekend, but no one predicted just how powerfully it would dominate. Our own Laremy, for instance, was pretty much in the ballpark of many estimates with his Friday prediction that the film would earn $43.5 million. The actual number? Almost $72 million, which is all kinds of record-breaking. It's now the biggest debut ever for a TV adaptation, for one. It'll be interesting to see how the film holds up next weekend, or whether many viewers feel like I do -- that it's a fun enough time at the movies but little more than a big episode of the show, one that will play perfect well at home on DVD -- and tell their friends as much.
I really thought that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix would do far better this weekend than it did last, now that all the Potterheads who had spent last weekend reading book No. 7, The Deathly Hallows, had finished and were free to go see movie No. 5 again, but nope. Harry lands at No. 3 in the box office race, earning a not very magical $17 million. This makes me very sad: this is the best Potter film yet, and a great horror film on its own merits, and well worth seeing. I'm planning to check out the IMAX version of the film, which features the final 20 minutes in 3-D. I've heard it's spectacular.
What was at No. 2 this weekend? I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, with a payday of $19 million. The less said about this terrible film, the better. Rounding out the top five are the delightful Hairspray, earning $15.5 million, and the charming No Reservations, with a take of $11.8 million.
[Box office numbers via Box Office Mojo.]
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