Fox hits a Homer with 'Simpsons' opening


Longtime TV stalwarts, the Simpson clan are now major movie stars.

Roaring out of the gate Friday, 20th Century Fox's "The Simpsons Movie" bounded ahead of even the most optimistic expectations to take in an estimated $29.1 million in 3,922 theaters. The animated film appears headed for an opening weekend that should definitely top $70 million and could head into $80 million territory.

Sticking to its vows in its second weekend, Universal Pictures' comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," starring Adam Sandler, scored an estimated $6.2 million, while New Line Cinema's musical "Hairspray," also in its second weekend, took the third spot with an estimated $5.2 million.

In fourth place, Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" registered a daily haul of nearly $5 million, bringing its domestic cume to nearly $250 million.

Warner's new release, the romantic comedy "No Reservations," starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, managed to squeeze into the fifth slot with an estimated $4 million.

Further down the list, the weekend's other two wide releases did meager business. In ninth place, Sony Pictures' release of the Tri Star thriller, "I Know Who Killed Me," starring Lindsay Lohan, grossed an estimated $1.3 million.

In the 10th slot, Lionsgate's release of "Who's Your Caddy?," the country-club set comedy starring Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, grossed an estimated $960,000.