Cat In The Hat Pur-r-r-fect At The Boxoffice

11-24-03 Keavin
Most critics said it was a dog but American families turned “Dr Seuss The Cat In The Hit” into the top cat at the box office this weekend. The Mike Myers film based on the classic Dr. Seuss children’s book earned an estimated $40.1 million on Friday and Saturday, leaving the competition to eat green eggs and ham. 

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 million.
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.