'21' hits the jackpot as US top film

Mar 31, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. ET

The box office was kind to the cards. "21" was the country's top film last week raking in over $23 million.

Kate Bosworth's success is in the cardsThe story of MIT students taking Vegas, charmed audiences as many excpected it would. "21" had originally thought to come out on 3/21, but wanting to stay away from the giant elephant in the room, it put it off for a week and the gamble paid off.

"Horton Hears a Who" fell to second place after a two-week run atop the charts. The film starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell had shown no signs of slowing until what "21" star Aaron Yoo called "a free advertisement for Las Vegas" arrived in theaters March 28.

"21," also starring Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey, took in $23.7 million to "Horton's" $17.4 million with another new film, "Superhero Movie" coming in third with its first-week $9.5 million. Another new film of the week, "Stop Loss," continued the nation's lack of interest in Iraq war-themed films finishing eighth with a disappointing $4.5 million.

The week's top films:

1. "21" - $23.7*
2. "Horton Hears a Who" - $.4
3. "Superhero Movie" - $9.5
4. "Meet the Browns" - $7.7
5. "Drillbit Taylor" - $5.8
6. "Shutter" - $5.3
7. "10,000 B.C." - $4.8
8. "Stop-Loss" - $4.5
9. "College Road Trip" - $3.5
10. "The Bank Job" - $2.8

* figures in millions