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Ratatouille Heats Up the Box Office

How many puns can we make about Ratatouille, the animated movie about a rat chef, taking the top slot at the box office this weekend? Ratatouille deep fries Die Hard at the box office? Ratatouille slices and dices the competition? Ratatouille gently folds in the ingredients for success?

Bringing in a sizzling (wow, this is fun) $47 million its opening weekend, Ratatouille easily came in first place, beating out Live Free or Die Hard, which raked in $33 million. Evan Almighty was No. 3, though had a much weaker showing than its opening weekend with just $15 million, which doesn't spell good things for the comedy that cost a mighty penny.

1408 continues to do exceptionally well for a summer thriller, taking fourth place. Michael Moore's documentary Sicko came in ninth with $4.5 million — the second-highest opening ever for a documentary (second only to Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11). Sad disappointment Evening groggily limped behind Sicko in tenth place.

Unfortunately, the reign of the little Pixar rodents will most likely be short lived. Transformers opens this Tuesday, just in time to rope in the July 4th vacationers looking for a cool theater and gigantic robot cars. Well, License to Wed also opens this week, but something tells me that movie won't provide too much competition for the Transformers. And that something is Robin Williams.

Image courtesy of Disney/Buena Vista Entertainment

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SophiaKatya SophiaKatya 10 years
I just saw Ratatouille the other day with my boyfriend, and I couldn't even explain to you all how much we loved it. 10 times better than Cars Perhaps better than Finding Nemo (although my bf said Finding Nemo was still his favorite) Everyone, go see this! You won't be dissapointed :)
hvnly34 hvnly34 10 years
I loved it!
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
Ratatouille is a fantastic movie..even that is an understatement! Loved it!
Lila-Fowler Lila-Fowler 10 years
I LOVED Ratatouille. Didn't think I was going to, but he's adorable without being overly cute, and the plot has lots of unexpected twists and turns. And Paris, even in cartoon form, is GORGEOUS.
balenciagababe balenciagababe 10 years
I just saw Ratatouille yesterday and loved it. I sincerely hope Transformers doesn't do better. As much as I love Shia LaBeouf, that movie looked absolutely awful.
Lisara Lisara 10 years
I may be the odd one out, but I really have little interest in Ratatouille. We did however go to see Live Free Or Die Hard. Die Hard is as it was. A great fun action flick. However, I had little interest in Cars when it came out, and it is now one of my favorite Pixar films, so we'll see, lol. With two small kids (who aren't good at going to movies yet) when my hubby and I get out for a movie, which is rare, we usually don't opt for the family friendly ones.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
I agree siouxshe. this movie was in my must-see-in-the-theaters this summer. all the prequels of movies (Pirates, spiderman, ocean's 13 etc.) quickly gets boring. Just went I thought Hollywood has no original materials left, here comes a movie about a rat in France who has a flair for food to revive my faith again. Delish.
siouxshe siouxshe 10 years
Out of all of the Summer "blockbusters", this is the only one I really want to see. Pirates? Don't care to see it. Fantastic Four? Hell to the no.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Ratatouille is absolutely delightful. Pixar has done it again, only better.
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