'Horton Hears a Who!' is No. 1

March 16, 2008 at 3:00 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) -- The animated movie "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" showed it's going to be a blockbuster, debuting in U.S. theaters at No. 1 this weekend.

The children's story about a microscopic community saved by an elephant pulled in an estimated $45.1 million in ticket sales in its first weekend, Box Office Mojo reported Sunday. The characters' voices are provided by a string of big-name celebrities -- including Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Carol Burnett.

Last week's top movie, "10,000 B.C," moved to No. 2 with $16.42 million in estimated ticket sales. Another new film, "Never Back Down," a teen fight club drama starring Sean Faris and Amber Heard, debuted at No. 3 with $8.61 million.

Next are "College Road Trip," at $7.89 million, "Vantage Point," with $5.4 million and "The Bank Job" with $4.9 million.

"Doomsday," a futuristic action thriller written and directed by Neil Marshall, started at No. 7 with ticket sales estimated at $4.74 million.

Finishing the Top 10 were "Semi-Pro," $3 million; $The Other Boleyn Girl," $2.9 million, and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," $2.39 million.

Gone from the top tier are "Jumper," "Fool's Gold" and "Step Up 2 the Streets."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Malia Obama spotted on the set of 'Girls' in New York City
Tiffani Thiessen gives birth to son, shares first photo on Instagram
Stephen Colbert hosts Michigan public-access show 'Only in Monroe'
Tim McGraw is giving away 36 mortgage-free homes to veterans
Reelz to air Miss Universe after NBC cuts ties with pageant owner Donald Trump