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Ratatouille Opens as the Box Office Main Dish

Pixarâs eighth animated feature, RATATOUILLE, withstood heavy competition from a rejuvenated franchise to lead the box office for the period ended July 1, 2007, with $47M for Buena Vista. Foxâs LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (with primary vfx from Digital Dimension and The Orphanage) grabbed $33.3M for the weekend and $48.3M since its Wednesday opening. Dropping to third was Universalâs EVAN ALMIGHTY (with vfx from ILM and Rhythm & Hues), which collected $15.1M for a two-week cume of $60.6M. Fourth place belonged to 1408 from MGM/Weinstein Co., with $10.6M and a total of $40.3M. Foxâs FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (with vfx by Weta Digital, SOHO VFX, Hydraulx, Giant Killer Robots, Hammerhead, The Orphanage, Frantic Films, Lola Visual Effects, Digiscope and Image Engine), finished in fifth with $9.1M and a cume of $114.9M. Settling for sixth was Universalâs KNOCKED UP, which gathered $7.3M for a tally of $122.2M. Warner Bros.â OCEANâS THIRTEEN was the seventh place finisher with $6M and $102.1M. Buena Vistaâs PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END (with more cutting edge vfx from ILM) dropped to eighth with $4.9M for a cume of $295.7M and $904.6M worldwide. Shooting up to ninth was Michael Mooreâs SICKO health care doc with $4.5M and a cume of $4.6M for Lionsgate. Rounding out the top 10 was newcomer EVENING from Focus with $3.5M. Box office information obtained from