Simpsons Opens Huge

The executive suites at Universal Orlando must be overflowing with champagne.

What a shocker! I’m told 20th Century Fox’s official Friday estimate shows The Simpsons Movie made $30 million Friday — or what the studio hoped its toon would make all weekend — and could have an $80 million weekend. That’s more than Transformers made on its opening day and best single day this summer, and good enough for The Simpsons to slot into the Hollywood’s Top 17 opening days of all time (right behind the $30.1 mil of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones). But the well reviewed (a score of 88% positive critiques on Rotten Tomatoes) and wide release (playing in 3,922 North American theaters) pic managed an outstanding per screen average of 7,649 Friday. It’s also playing huge overseas.

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