Given Choice Between Bikinis And ‘XXX,’ People Want ‘XXX’

Vin Diesel action pic #1 with $23 million, while 'Blue Crush' opens at #3.

America has spoken: snowboarding is cooler than surfing, at least when it’s coupled with big explosions and a big, big action star.

Despite the opening of bikini-fest “Blue Crush,” “XXX” topped the box office for a second week, proving that audiences would rather see Vin Diesel surfing down an avalanche than watch his “The Fast and the Furious” co-star Michelle Rodriguez using a board the more conventional way.

“XXX” took in $23 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates released Sunday, bringing the total for Diesel’s first headlining action movie to $84.9 million (click for photos from “XXX”). Surf-chick flick “Blue Crush” debuted in the #3 slot with $15.2 million (click for photos from “Blue Crush”), with Mel Gibson’s “Signs” sandwiched between them at #2. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s latest mystery brought in $19.5 million, pushing its three-week total past $150 million.

Eddie Murphy’s “The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” the weekend’s other widely released new picture, cost a reported $90 million to make but brought in a mere $2.1 million, landing the sci-fi comedy at #10. Completed more than two years ago, “Nash” co-stars Randy Quaid (“Vacation,” “Kingpin”) and Rosario Dawson (“Men in Black II,” “Kids”).

The rest of the top 10 includes kiddie flick “Spy Kids 2″ at #4 with $11.6 million ($45.6 million total in two weeks of release); the record-breaking “Austin Powers in Goldmember” at #5 with $8.7 million ($183.3 million, four weeks); slow-burning indie hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” at #6 with $5.8 million ($52.8 million, 18 weeks); Clint Eastwood’s “Blood Work” at #7 with $4.8 million ($15.3 million, two weeks); Tom Hanks’ “Road to Perdition” at #8 with $3.8 million ($90.3 million, six weeks); and Dana Carvey’s “The Master of Disguise” at #9 with $3.3 million ($30.4 million, three weeks).

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