In Theaters: Eddie Murphy Takes On Rugrats And Mutants

'Daddy Day Care' is the only new film going up against 'X2' this weekend.

Eddie Murphy’s “Daddy Day Care” is the only film going into wide release this week, a narrow window between the debuts of sure-fire blockbusters “X2: X-Men United” and “The Matrix Reloaded.”

Eddie Murphy plays a father who opens a day care center after the loss of his job forces him to become a stay-at-home dad. (Click for photos from “Daddy Day Care.” ) Based on a script from “Politically Incorrect” writer Geoff Rodkey, “Daddy Day Care” reunites Murphy with “Dr. Doolittle 2″ director Steve Carr, and it co-stars Anjelica Huston (“The Addams Family”), Steve Zahn (“Saving Silverman”) and Regina King (“Friday”), who will also be seen in this summer’s “Legally Blonde 2″ (see “Working on Legally Blonde 2 Brings Regina King To Tears” ).

“X2: X-Men United” dominated the box office last weekend (see “X-Men Unite To Fight Lizzie McGuire, Take in $86 Million” ), and if Murphy’s last couple of pictures — the commercially underwhelming “I Spy” and absolute bomb “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” — are any indication, “Daddy Day Care” doesn’t stand much of a chance against it.

“The Matrix Reloaded,” the first of this year’s two “Matrix” sequels, opens next Thursday, May 15.