Spooky ‘Signs’ Can’t Keep People Away From ‘XXX’ Action

'Spy Kids 2' debuts at #3, 'Blood Work' bows at #5.

Anyone wondering whether Vin Diesel can carry a movie need look no further
than this weekend’s box-office numbers. “XXX,” the first full-blown action
picture to give Diesel top billing, debuted at #1 with a $46 million take in
its first three days.

“XXX” bumped filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” out of the top spot (see
“Mel Gibson, ‘Signs’ Overpower Austin’s
Mojo”
), according to studio estimates released Sunday. The success of
the much-anticipated and heavily hyped “XXX,” (click for photos from the movie) which stars Diesel as an
extreme-sports athlete sent by the government to infiltrate a terrorist
group called Anarchy 99, all but cements plans to move ahead with a sequel
(see “Vin Diesel Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere:
‘Pitch Black,’ ‘XXX’ Sequels In Works”
).

“Signs” held strong with $30 million, pushing the crop circle mystery’s
two-week total past $118 million (click for photos from the movie). “Spy Kids 2,” an action comedy aimed at
younger audiences, debuted at #3, making $17 million from Friday to Sunday.
“Blood Work,” the weekend’s other widely released film (see “Who Wins In A Fight Between Vin Diesel, Clint
Eastwood And The Spy Kids?”
), directed by and starring Clint
Eastwood, opened at #5 with $7.2 million.

The record-breaking “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (see ” ‘Goldmember’ Hotter Than Austin’s Velvet Suits At Box
Office”
) dropped two places to #4 with $13 million, for a three-week
total of $167.7 million.

The rest of the top 10 includes “Saturday Night Live” veteran Dana Carvey’s
“The Master of Disguise” at #6 with $5.1 million, for a total of $23.8
million in two weeks of release; Tom Hanks’ “Road to Perdition” down two
places to #7 with $4 million, for an overall five-week total of $84.1
million; “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat” at #8 with $3.17 million in its
second week for a total of $13.1 million; slow-building indie powerhouse “My
Big Fat Greek Wedding,” co-starring ‘NSYNC’s Joey Fatone (see ” ‘NSYNC’s Joey Fatone Talks About His Big Fat
Movie”
), at #9 with $3.1 million for a 17-week total of $45 million;
and the Michael J. Fox-voiced “Stuart Little 2″ at #10 with $2.7 million for
a four-week total of $53 million.

“24 Hour Party People” made $34,000 at two New York theaters over the
weekend (see “Kurt Loder Weighs In On ’24
Hour Party People’ “
), while another limited-release film, Jennifer
Aniston’s “The Good Girl,” pulled in $148,700. The small-town drama will
expand to 55 theaters next weekend. By comparison, “XXX” is playing on 3,374
screens.

For more on Vin Diesel and “XXX,” check out “Vin Diesel: Not Your Father’s Action Hero.”