Cat In The Hat Pur-r-r-fect At The Boxoffice
Unlike the earlier screen adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book, 2000’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” staring Jim Carrey, producers of “The Cat In The Hat” set out to make a film aimed solely at children, not the entire family.
The Halle Berry fueled supernatural thriller “Gothika” drew in about half the audience of the top cat to earn an estimated $19.6 million and land at No.2. That sent last week’s number one “Elf” down to third place with $19.1 million.
“The Cat In The Hat” had the benefit of a wider release, playing in 1,100 more theatres than “Gothika”. Speaking of wide releases, “The Matrix Revolutions” dropped down to 6th place taking in $6.7 million and beaten out by “Master and Commander” which landed in 4th place with $15.2 million and the romantic comedy "Love Actually," which rounded out the top 5 with $9.1 million.
Families seemed to prefer the cat over the bunny, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" came in 8th place with $4.1 million.
The Top 10 according to ABC News:
1. Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat - $40.1
2. Gothika - $19.6 million.
3. Elf - $19.1 million.
4. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - $15.2 million.
5. Love Actually - $9.1 million.
6. The Matrix Revolutions - $6.7 million.
7. Brother Bear - $5.5 million.
8. Looney Tunes: Back in Action - $4.1 million.
9. Scary Movie 3 - $3.3 million.
10. Radio - $2.6 million.