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March 24, 2008

MOVIES: ’Whos’ on first again at box office

LOS ANGELES — Audiences are still listening to Horton and his Who pals.

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who,” 20th Century Fox’s animated adaptation of the beloved children’s book, remained the top movie for a second straight weekend with $25.1 million, according to studio estimates.

Featuring the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, the movie raised its 10-day total to $85.5 million.

“Horton” fended off a rush of new movies opening over Easter weekend.

Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” about a single mom who connects with previously unknown kin at her late father’s funeral, opened in second place with $20 million.

It was the latest success for writer-director and co-star Perry, whose past hits for Lionsgate include “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Why Did I Get Married?” Shot on modest budgets, Perry’s movies play to a built-in fan base.

“You kind of know what you’re going to get with Tyler Perry, and that’s a good thing,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “You want to be in business with this guy because he’s going to make you money every time.”

“Shutter,” 20th Century Fox’s fright flick about a newlywed couple tormented by a spirit whose image appears in their photos, opened at No. 3 with $10.7 million.

Just behind it at No. 4 was Owen Wilson’s comedy “Drillbit Taylor,” which pulled in $10.2 million. The Paramount release stars Wilson as a laid-back homeless guy who signs on as bodyguard for three bullied teenage nerds.

The acclaimed “Under the Same Moon,” a border tale about a Mexican boy trying to reunite with his mother in the United States, was No. 10 with $2.6 million, a record opening weekend for a Spanish-language film. Released by Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Co., the movie has taken in $3.3 million since opening Wednesday and also took in $1.7 million in Mexico, where it debuted this weekend.

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