Nemo Back on Top, Rugrats Best Newcomer

Disney/Pixar’s CG underwater adventure Finding Nemo picked up another estimated $29 million over the weekend to reclaim the No. 1 spot at the North American box office. Last week, the animated romp took a back seat to Universal’s street racing sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, which has since seen a 62% drop in ticket sales. Nemo is now well on its way to the $200 million mark.

Over all, it was a good weekend for animation. Paramount’s Rugrats Go Wild opened stronger than fellow newcomers Hollywood Homicide (Sony), starring Harrison Ford, and the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (New Line). The big-screen pairing of the Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys pulled in an estimated $12.5 million for a fourth place finish behind Universal’s Jim Carey comedy Bruce Almighty.

This weekend, most of the box office green should go to The Hulk. Universal’s and director Ang Lee’s big-screen adaptation of the Marvel comic has been receiving mostly positive reviews so far and the superhero genre seems failsafe with the phenomenal success of Spider-Man, X2: X-Men United and Daredevil.

Go behind the scenes with The Hulk creators at Industrial Light & Magic in the June issue of Animation Magazine.