Dr. Seuss film nets $10.3 million Friday

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” continued to flex its B.O. trunk in its second Friday, snorting up $10.3 million from 3,961 theaters – a 23% dip from a week ago.  

While animated fare is known for its long legs at the box office, “Horton’s” hold reps the best for a Twentieth Century Fox-Blue Sky title, outstripping the 43% thaw charted by “Ice Age’s” second Friday in March 2002. In its first eight days, “Horton” has collected close to $72 million in domestic peanuts. Toon’s No. 1 take at the weekend box office should be just under the $30 million collected by “Ice Age” in its second frame.  

After “Horton,” moviegoers became acquainted with Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” shelling out $8.1 million at 2,006 hardtops. The opening day for the multi-hyphenate’s comedy-drama ranks second behind the $10.5 million charted by his February 2006 pic “Madea’s Family Reunion.” “Browns” will continue to occupy second place at the weekend box office, ringing up a three-day opening on par with $21.4 million generated by Perry’s October release “Why Did I Get Married?”  

In third, Fox-New Regency’s PG-13 horror entry “Shutter” opened to $4.6 million at 2,753, while the Owen Wilson headliner “Drillbit Taylor,” distributed by Paramount, excavated $4 million from 3,056 venues for fourth.  

While the onslaught of new competition forced Warner Bros.’ “10,000 BC” into fifth place, the Roland Emmerich epic’s domestic b.o. evolved past the $70 million mark, trapping $3.1 million from 3,454, down 37% in its third Friday.  

Arthouse crowds basked in the moonlight from Weinstein Co.-Fox Searchlight’s “Under the Same Moon.” The Spanish-lingo film about a boy who crosses the Mexican border to reunite with his mother grossed $2,605 per theater or $693,000 from 266 locales. Since its Wednesday bow, pic has grossed $1.4 million.  

Adam Carolla pugilist laffer “The Hammer,” distributed by International Film Circuit, banged $38,000 from 20 rings for a $1,877 per theater average.

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