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Dr Seuss movie tops UK box office

A scene from Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!
Jim Carrey voices the rubbery elephant lead character

Animated film Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! has entered the UK and Ireland box office chart at number one with takings close to 3m.

The movie, which features the voice of Jim Carrey, saw off fellow debutant The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was at two with ticket sales of 2.5m.

Step Up 2 The Streets and Meet The Spartans were also new hits in the top five over the Easter holiday weekend.

Last week's chart-topper 10,000 BC slumped to fifth place.

Thriller Vantage Point suffered a similar decline, falling from second to sixth place.

UK BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE
The Spiderwick Chronicles
1 Horton Hears A Who! - 2.94m
2 The Spiderwick Chronicles - 2.55m
3 Step Up 2 The Streets - 2.35m
4 Meet The Spartans - 1.14m
5 10,000 BC - 1.03m
Source: Screen International

Other new entries were Race at nine, and Spanish-Mexican production The Orphanage, which rounded out the box office chart at 10.

Horton Hears A Who!, which features an elephant as its main character, is also top of the North American box office for a second week.

It retained its top spot despite a slew of new releases for the Easter weekend in the US and Canada.

In the Dr Seuss movie, Carrey provides the voice of a caring elephant who tries to protect the microscopic city of Whoville, which is based on a speck of dust.

Steve Carell, who stars in the US version of The Office, provides the voice of the mayor of Whoville.



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