Dr. Seuss and Tyler Perry Tops at Box Office

You can’t keep a good CGI elephant down. For the second straight week, the Jim Carrey-voiced “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who” was tops at the U.S. box office, taking in $25 million in its second week of release, for a total of $86 million in just two weeks. And proving that Tyler Perry’s unfathomable popularity is unending, the auteur’s “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” came in second in its weekend debut, claiming a nice chunk of the box office with $20 million. Impressive as hell, but then again, considering Perry’s recent history at the theaters, not at all surprising. The guy is just insanely popular.

There were two other films besides Perry’s “Meet the Browns” at the box office this weekend: the horror movie “Shutter”, a remake of the 2004 Thai movie of the same name about photogenic ghosts, opened at #3 with $10 million, while Owen Wilson’s “Drillbit Taylor” did an okay bit of business, coming at #4 with just short of “Shutter’s” own $10 million opening.

Here’s how the Top 10 at the box office broke down over the weekend (via):

1 —–Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who —–$25,100,000 —–$86,470,000
2 —–Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns —–$20,010,000 —–$20,010,000
3 —–Shutter —–$10,700,000 —–$10,700,000
4 —–Drillbit Taylor —–$10,200,000 —–$10,200,000
5 —–10,000 B.C. —–$8,660,000 —–$76,100,000
6 —–Never Back Down —–$4,861,000 —–$16,824,000
7 —–College Road Trip —–$4,630,000 —–$32,005,000
8 —–The Bank Job —–$4,100,000 —–$19,430,000
9 —–Vantage Point —–$3,800,000 —–$65,300,000
10 —–Under The Same Moon —–$2,602,000 —–$3,329,000

The surprise is MTV’s “Never Back Down”, which dropped to #6 with an additional $4 million, for a total of $16 million. That may not seem like a lot, but consider the film’s (probably) modest production budget, a lack of stars (i.e. no crazy salaries), and the storyline is so generic that it could easily be continued with a new set of characters.

Here’s my suggestion for a title: “Never Back Down 2: The College Years”.