Pixar's 'Ratatouille' cooks up top spot Friday

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"Ratatouille," Buena Vista's release of the latest animated movie from Pixar Animation Studios, took a big bite out of the Friday boxoffice. The G-rated tale of a Parisian rat who longs to prove himself a top chef, from director Brad Bird, took in an estimated $16.3 million in the 3,940 theaters in which it debuted.

Posting a solid second, 20th Century Fox's PG-13 rated "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth film in the "Die Hard" franchise starring Bruce Willis, took in an estimated $10.5 million for the day. The action film, which opened Wednesday, has accumulated more than $25 million to date.

Bowing in just 441 theaters, Michael Moore's health care docu "Sicko," checked in in ninth place with $1.3 million.

Close behind was Focus Features' female-driven drama "Evening," starring Vanessa Redgrave," which took in an estimated $1.2 million in 977 theaters.

Rounding out the top five were Universal Pictures' comedy "Evan Almighty," last weekend's boxoffice leader, which attracted an estimated $5 million in third place; the horror film "1408," from MGM/Weinstein Co., which collected an estimated $3.7 million in fourth place; and Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" in fifth place with an estimated $2.7 million as its cumulative gross rose to more than $108 million.
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