Steamboat moviegoers embrace "The Simpsons Movie"

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— D'oh! It's a Homer moniker from "The Simpsons," but also what the movie made this weekend from Steamboat to Springfield.

"The Simpsons Movie" hit a Homer in theaters raking in $71.9 million nationwide and more than $190 million worldwide, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Nielsen EDI.

Locally, the movie is playing at Carmike Chief Plaza downtown and initial signs from moviegoers and employees at the theater give "The Simpsons" two plutonic glowing thumbs up.

"It was like watching an hour-and-a-half-long episode of 'The Simpsons,'" Stefan Zittel said. "It's pure genius."

After 18 years on FOX, the family that's transcended generations hit the big screen Friday.

At the Carmike, staff leader Amy Rogers said the debut of "The Simpsons" in theaters has kept her and her staff busy.

From young children to senior citizens, Rogers said people have been coming out in full force to see the movie.

The only thing she could compare it to was when the theater featured "Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

"It's sold out a couple of times and every other time it's been packed," Rogers said. "It's too soon to tell if it will be the biggest movie we've had, but it's on its way."

While some may say the show has fallen off from where it once was, patrons to this movie said the Simpsons are as refreshing as ever.

"I watched it when I was little," Zittel, 17, said. "Now, I don't watch it as much. But the movie blew my mind. It was amazing."

Unlike "South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut," "The Simpsons Movie" doesn't do anything it doesn't normally do on FOX.

While Marge cusses a little more, Ralph wins his first fight and Homer befriends a pig, "The Simpsons Movie" continues to poke fun at politicians, social situations and the American way of life.

"It was pretty good," said 13-year-old Braden White, who was waiting in the lobby of the Carmike to see the movie for the second time. "I think the show's funnier. They showed a lot of the funny parts of the movie in the trailers."

Still, some said the 88-minute work is one of genius.

In other words - Ralph's that is - the movie doesn't "taste like burning."

"I laughed the whole movie," Zittel said. "How often can you laugh the whole time at the movie. All the way through, I mean. I will buy it on DVD, and I will see it again."

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