When Homer Beat Adam

July 30 update: The Simpsons Movie rose to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$71.9 million.

David Silverman's big-screen adaptation of the famed TV series proved that after 18 years and more than 397 episodes, the Simpsons are as popular as ever. Opening at 3,922 sites on Friday, The Simpsons Movie scored an impressive one-day gross of $29.1 million.

Last week's winner I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry dropped to the No. 2 spot, earning $19.1 million from ticket sales at 3,501 theatres, and reaching a cumulative gross of $71.6 million. The marital comedy directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Kevin James and Adam Sandler is lagging behind Sandler's previous comedy Click, which went on to gross $87 million after two weeks in release.

Meanwhile, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix slipped from No. 2 to No. 3, pulling $17.1 million from 4,005 locations. After three weeks in theatres, the fifth installment in the ultra-popular series based on J.K. Rowling's novels lifted its total haul to $241.8, and is $8 million away from beating the third Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Down from No. 3 to No. 4, Adam Shankman's musical Hairspray continued to enchant moviegoers this weekend, collecting $15.6 million and reaching a cumulative of $59.3 after two weeks in release.

Finally, Scott Hicks' No Reservations, which is a remake of Sandra Nettelbeck's German drama Bella Martha / Mostly Martha, opened at 2,425 sites this weekend with $11.8 million.

This upcoming weekend, four major releases will compete for the crown at the North American box office.

In Walt Disney's Underdog, a clumsy watchdog heads out to save the world after a failed lab experiment gives him the powers of a superhero. The movie was directed by Frederik Du Chau, the man behind the “family film” Racing Stripes.

Despite his superpowers, Underdog will face some serious competition from Jason Bourne, who will return for his third and last adventure in the The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon returns in the role of the rogue agent who lost his memory and is being hunted by the people he once worked for.

Napoleon Dynamite fans, beware, Hot Rod is here. Andy Samberg from Saturday Night Live stars in this nutty comedy that follows the adventures of Rod Kimble, a wacky wannabe stuntman.

Let's not forget to mention the release of Bratz, the movie based on the popular dolls. The plot is pretty simple and superficial: four teenage girls team up to take on the mean cliques at their high school. Enough said.

July 22

Kevin James, Adam Sandler in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryI Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$34.8 million.

The (sort of) marital comedy directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Kevin James and Adam Sandler opened at 3,495 locations on Friday, and managed to outperform Dugan's previous film The Benchwarmers, which opened with $19.7 million.

Last week's winner Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix slipped to the No. 2 spot, earning $32.2 million in ticket sales and reaching a total haul of $207.5 million after only two weeks in release. Directed by David Yates, the fifth installment of the popular series based on J.K. Rowling's novels is $80 million away from outgrossing its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Meanwhile, new entry Hairspray opened at No. 3, taking home $27.8 million from 3,121 sites. The adaptation of the Broadway musical and the John Waters 1980s cult classic was directed by Adam Shankman, and – unlike I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry – received substantial critical praise throughout the nation.

Down from No. 2 to No. 3, Michael Bay's science-fiction spectacle Transformers scored $20.5 million this weekend, lifting its cumulative gross to $263 million after three weeks in theaters.

Ratatouille, the latest Pixar adventure directed by Brad Bird, dropped to the No. 5 spot, earning $11 million from 3,402 sites and reaching a total gross of $165.6 million.

This upcoming week, five major releases will compete for the No. 1 spot at the box office.

On Friday, millions of fans will rejoice when The Simpsons Movie hits theaters worldwide. The film, which was directed by David Silverman, follows the Simpsons family as they struggle to save Springfield from being destroyed forever.

Also opening is No Reservations, a romantic comedy starring Aaron Eckhart and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The movie was directed by Scott Hicks, and is based on the excellent German film Bella Martha.

Other releases include I Know Who Killed Me, a psychological thriller starring Lindsay Lohan; Skinwalkers, a horror-thriller directed by James Isaac; and Who's Your Caddy?, a comedy starring Big Boi from the hip-hop band Outkast.

July 16

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix snatched the trophy at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$77.4 million.

Directed by David Yates, the fifth installment in the popular series based on J.K. Rowling's novels opened at 4,285 locations past Wednesday and cast a spell over its competitors at the box office, raising its cumulative gross to a magical $140 million.

Last week's winner Transformers dropped to the No. 2 spot, earning $36 million in ticket sales and lifting its total haul to $223 million after 2 weeks in theatres. The action spectacle directed by Michael Bay largely outgrossed his previous film The Island, which earned a total of $36 million in 2005.

Down from No. 2 to No. 3, the latest Disney/Pixar adventure Ratatouille took home $18 million this weekend, reaching a cumulative of $143 million after three weeks in release.

Meanwhile, Len Wiseman's action hit Live Free or Die Hard slipped to No. 4 with a weekend gross of $10.9 million and a total of $102.9 million. The fourth installment in the famed action series starring Bruce Willis surpassed the total (unadjusted for inflation) grosses of Die Hard and Die Hard With a Vengeance, and is a mere $13 million away from beating Die Hard 2.

License to Wed, a marital comedy starring Robin Williams replaced Evan Almighty at the No. 5 spot, earning $7.4 million from 2,715 locations and reaching a cumulative gross of $30.5 million after two weeks in theatres.

This upcoming weekend, two high-profile releases will battle for the No. 1 spot at the North American box office.

One of them is Hairspray, a remake of John Waters' 1988 movie of the same title that also became a Broadway musical. Directed by Adam Shankman, Hairspray stars John Travolta (in the old Divine role), Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Nikki Blonsky in the role of Tracy Turnblad.

Also opening is I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy about two single friends who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. Directed by Dennis Dugan, the film stars Kevin James and Adam Sandler.

July 9

Transformers rose to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$67.6 million.

The extravagant summer blockbuster directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Tyrese Gibson opened at 4,011 sites on July 3, and managed to lift its total haul to an impressive $152.5 million over the weekend.

Last week's winner Ratatouille slipped to No. 2, taking home $29 million from 3,940 sites and reaching a cumulative gross of $109.5 million after only two weeks. However, the new Pixar adventure directed by Brad Bird failed to surpass the results from last year's Cars, which collected $117 million after a two-week run.

Meanwhile, Live Free or Die Hard dropped to the No. 3 spot, earning $17.4 million in ticket sales. Directed by Len Wiseman and starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, the fourth film in the popular Die Hard series lifted its total haul to $84.2 million.

New entry License to Wed, a marital comedy starring Robin Williams, landed on the No. 4 spot, pulling $10.4 million.

Down from No. 3 to No. 5, Tom Shadyac's biblical comedy Evan Almighty scored $8.1 million this weekend, reaching a cumulative gross of $78.1 million after three weeks in release.

This upcoming weekend, two new major releases will battle for the top spot at the North American box office.

On July 11, Daniel Radcliffe will return as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth installment in the famed series based on J.K. Rowling's novels.

Its only competition is Captivity, a claustrophobic horror-thriller starring Elisha Cuthbert as a top model being tortured by a mad man.

June 18

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer by Tim StoryFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$57.4 million.

The sequel to the successful Fantastic Four opened at 3,959 sites last Friday, and managed to top the $56 million opening weekend set by its predecessor in 2005.

Last week's winner, Ocean's Thirteen, dropped to the No. 2 spot this weekend, snatching $19.1 million and reaching a cumulative gross of $69.8 million after only two weeks.

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow's latest comedy Knocked Up maintained its No. 3 spot, earning $14.5 million in ticket sales. After three weeks in theatres, its total haul rose to $90.5 million.

After a successful run within the top three slots at the box office, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End sailed to the No. 4 spot this week, scoring $12 million from 3,329 sites. The third installment in the popular series directed by Gore Verbinski reached a total gross of $273.8 million.

Down from No. 4 to No. 5, Sony's animated comedy Surf's Up pulled in $9.3 million this weekend, lifting its cumulative gross to $34.7 million after two weeks.

Despite opening at 2,612 sites, Nancy Drew did not make it into the top five. DOA: Dead or Alive shared the similar fate, although it opened at only 505 theaters.

This upcoming weekend, four major releases will vie for the top spot at the box office.

One of them is 1408, a horror thriller starring John Cusack as a novelist whose world is turned upside down after he checks into a haunted hotel suite. 1408 is based on a short story by Stephen King and should perform well at the box office, though it will face some tough competition.

The movie with the widest release next week is Evan Almighty, sequel to the ultra-popular Bruce Almighty. With Jim Carrey gone, Steve Carell takes over as a U.S. congressman asked by God to build an ark.

Also opening on Friday are A Mighty Heart, a political drama directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Angelina Jolie, and You Kill Me, a gangster comedy starring Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni.

Source: Box Office Mojo (boxofficemojo.com)

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1 Comment to When Homer Beat Adam

  1. boopidie

    omg what an awful awful movie!!
    Sanderl was terrible in it and so was everybody else , too!
    A MESS!!