Article from - May 2, 2005
Disney's `Hitchhiker's Guide' Opens With $21.7 Mln (Update1)

May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co.'s science-fiction comedy ``The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' opened as the top- grossing film in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend with an estimated $21.7 million in ticket sales.
``Hitchhiker'' is the third Disney film this year to take the No. 1 spot. Burbank, California-based Disney is capitalizing on a built-in fan base from the Douglas Adams ``Hitchhiker's Guide'' books and BBC radio show, popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

``It's one of the rare films that can appeal to a wide range of demographics,'' said Larry Gerbrandt, an independent media and entertainment analyst based in Los Angeles. ``There's a large (older) fan base and because of its sci-fi nature and special effects it can skew younger as well.''
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