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.