Horton Hears a Box Office Hit

$45.1M opening is year's biggest
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 16, 2008 5:35 PM CDT
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(Newser) Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! stomped into theaters this weekend for the year's biggest box office debut, Variety reports. Its $45.1 million draw is the fifth-highest for a G-rated animated flick ever and the fourth-biggest March opener. “It played to whos from ages 2 to 92,” said an exec at Twentieth Century Fox, which produced the film.

Last week’s number one, 10,000 BC, fell to second with $16.4 million, while martial arts movie Never Back Down kicked into third with $8.61 million. Family flick College Road Trip slid from second to fourth at $7.89 million and killer thriller Vantage Point fired into fifth with $5.4 million, Bloomberg reports.