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Transformers Gains Independence

TRANSFORMERS continued its Independence assault on the box office, capturing $70.5M for Paramount/DreamWorks for the holiday weekend ended July 8, 2007: the second highest Independence holiday weekend gross ever. With cutting edge vfx from ILM, that brings cume to a whopping $155.4M -- the best seven-day opening ever for a non-sequel and the best live-action domestic opening for both Paramount and DreamWorks. Overseas, the Michael Bay blockbuster has racked up $96.6M for a total of $252M.

Meanwhile, Buena Vista's RATATOUILLE, last week's winner, slipped 38% to second place, but still whipped up $29M for a two-week cume of $109.5M. Following in third was Fox's LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (with primary vfx from Digital Dimension and The Orphanage) grabbed $17.7M and a two-week cume of $84.4M. Debuting in the fourth spot was Warner Bros.' LICENCE TO WED with $10.4M for the weekend and $17.8M for the week. Dropping to fifth was Universal's EVAN ALMIGHTY (with vfx from ILM and Rhythm & Hues), which collected $8.7M for a three-week cume of $78.7M. 1408 from MGM/Weinstein Co. was a sixth place finisher with $7M and a total of $53.7M. Universal's KNOCKED UP secured seventh with $5.2M for a nifty cume of $132M. Slipping to eighth with $4.2M and $123.8M was Fox's 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). Holding ninth was Lionsgate's SICKO with $3.6M and $11.5M. Warner Bros.' OCEAN'S THIRTEEN settled for 10th with $3.5M and $109.1M. Box office information obtained from