Simpsons Movie: Big Hit

July 28, 2007–Fox's comedy “The Simpsons Movie” scored one of the best opening days on record in making an estimated $$30 million at the domestic box office Friday. Overseas, the picture is also scaring high.

“Simpsons” beat out opening day performance of “Transformers,” although that pic opened on a Tuesday over the July 4 holiday frame. Among 2007 summer films, “Simpsons,” playing in 3,922
locations stateside, scored the fifth highest opening day after “Spider-Man 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,” “Shrek the Third” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

Universal's holdover “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” made an estimated $6.1 million from 3,501 locations on Friday, bringing the cume to $58.6 million.

Warner's holdover “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” made an estimated $5.1 million from 4,005 locations for a cume of $229.8 million.

New Line's holdover “Hairspray” picked up an estimated $5.1 million from 3,121 playdates on Friday for a cume of nearly $49 million.

Among other new entries, Warner's romantic dramedy “No Reservations” took in an estimated $3.9 million from 2,425 locations domestically.

Lindsay Lohan starrer “I Know Who Killed Me,”
from Tri-Star, made an estimated $1.3 million on Friday from 1,320 theaters.