In the battle of the white rapper versus the wee wizard, Eminem got his butt kicked.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" bumrushed the box office over the weekend, raking in an estimated $87.6 million and booting Slim Shady's semi-biopic "8 Mile" from the top spot.
The second "Harry Potter" flick enjoyed the third-highest opening of all time, behind "Spider-Man" ($114.8 million) and last year's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" ($90.3 million). Starring returning youngsters Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (see "Can 'Harry Potter' Stars Avoid Child Actor Doom?"), "Chamber of Secrets" opened in 3,682 theaters — more than any other film in history.(See photos from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.")
"Half Past Dead," an action flick starring Steven Seagal and Ja Rule, was the weekend's only other new widely released film (see "It's Em's Rhymes Vs. Harry Potter's Spells In Theaters This Weekend"). It debuted at #5 with $8.2 million, about $10 million less than last year's "Exit Wounds," which paired Seagal with DMX.
"8 Mile" debuted in the top spot last weekend (see " '8 Mile' Goes The Distance With Record-Breaking Opening Weekend") but suffered a staggering 58 percent drop its second week, taking in $21.3 million for a total of $86.4 million. (See photos from the "8 Mile" premiere.)
The #3 slot belonged to Tim Allen's "The Santa Clause 2," a family comedy in which a budding Santa Claus must find a wife by Christmas Eve or lose the job. "Clause 2" made $15.1 million over the weekend for a three-week haul of $82.5 million.
Supernatural thriller "The Ring" inched past the $100 million mark and landed at #4 by taking in another $11 million. The remake of the first part of a Japanese trilogy has been in theaters for five weeks.
The rest of the weekend's top 10 includes "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" at #6 with $4.7 million for a 31-week total of $199.5 million; "Jackass: The Movie" at #7 with $4 million ($59.5 million, four weeks); Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson's "I Spy" at #8 with $4 million ($30.9 million, three weeks); "Frida" in the top 10 for the first time at #9 with $2.8 million ($8.6 million, four weeks); and Reese Witherspoon's "Sweet Home Alabama" at #10 with $2.4 million ($122 million, eight weeks).
Filmmaker Brian De Palma's erotic thriller "Femme Fatale" (see "Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Overcomes Fear Of Stripteases") fell out of the top 10 to #12 with $1.2 million ($5.7 million, three weeks). Rage Against the Machine video director, author and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" slid in between at #11 with $1.3 million ($8.8 million, six weeks).