The Simpsons Movie brings in the D'oh

It was a good weekend to be a yellow animated family member as Homer, Marge, Bart and the rest of the Simpson clan trumped some mixed reviews to go straight to the top of the US box office charts. The misadventures of Springfield’s most famous family made a healthy $71.85 million.

That meant that I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry had to fall down to second place, nabbing $19 million and sending its total to $71.6 million. And Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix was pushed to third, its $17 million haul boosting the film’s US total to $241.7 million thus far.

In fourth, Hairspray bubbled along, making $15.5 million in its second weekend, which means it has taken $59.3 million to date – not great, but not too shabby, either.

Fifth place found the week’s second new entry, cooking comedy drama No Reservations. Despite the presence of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, it only launched with $11.8 million, though this one might have the good luck to keep on earning if the audience likes the taste. Transformers slipped two places to sixth, taking in $11.5 million and boosting its hefty US total to $284.5 million.

Ratatouille placed seventh, and made $7.3 million, while eighth place found Die Hard 4.0 (or Live Free And Die Hard for our US readers) with $5.3 million. Finally, the bottom of the charts is taken up with the latest release from troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, as I Know Who Killed Me belly flopped on release quicker than its lead after a few shots, taking just $3.4 million. That was still enough to put it ahead of awful-looking, critic-skipping comedy Who’s Your Caddy, which took 10th with a meagre $2.9 million.

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