Disney's Rat Trounces 'Die Hard'

'Ratatouille' is weekend box office champ, with $47M to 'Die Hard's' $33M
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2007 7:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – "Ratatouille," Disney's critically hailed animated flick about a gourmet rat, dominated the box office in its opening weekend, scoring $47.2M to the latest Bruce Willis vehicle's $33.15 million.  Also bested was religious-themed romp "Evan Almighty." 

Although a solid debut, "Ratatouille" had the weakest premiere of any Disney's Pixar Animation movie since 1998's "A Bug's Life." Pixar's last five films, including "Toy Story 2" and "Cars," had opening weekend grosses between $57.4M and $70.5M. Disney officials blame the relatively slow start on stiff competition. (Read more Ratatouille stories.)