Wolverine's claws proved a bigger draw than Eddie Murphy changing dirty diapers over the weekend as "X2: X-Men United" fended off "Daddy Day Care" to remain tops at the box office.
The Marvel Comics mutant sequel took in $41.4 million over the weekend, pushing its 10-day total close to the $150 million mark, according to studio estimates. (Click for photos from "X2: X-Men United.")
"Daddy Day Care," which stars Murphy as a stay-at-home father who starts a day care center, took in $27.6 million during its first weekend in theaters. (Click for photos from "Daddy Day Care.") "Daddy Day Care" was the only new film to go into wide release over the weekend, and its opening numbers would seem to bode well for Murphy's ailing movie career. While similarly kid-themed Murphy movies like "The Nutty Professor II" and "Dr. Dolittle 2" each earned more than $100 million, his last three pictures have been flops.
"I Spy" made just $33.5 million, despite reportedly costing more than $70 million to make, while "Showtime" grossed just $38 million despite costing $85 million. Last year's "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" was not only Murphy's biggest bomb, but one of the largest flops of all time, taking in just $4 million while costing nearly $100 million to make.
"The Lizzie McGuire Movie" dropped to #3 over the weekend with a $7.8 million haul. (Click for photos from "The Lizzie McGuire Movie.") The Disney-show-turned-movie has made $27.2 million in two weeks of release, while "A Mighty Wind" broke into the top 10 for the first time with $2.8 million. The mostly improvisational mockumentary, from the same comedic minds that created "Spinal Tap" and "Best in Show," landed at #7 and has made $9.3 million in the last four weeks despite playing in less than 800 theaters. By comparison, "X2" is playing in more than 3,700.
The rest of the weekend's top 10 includes "Identity" at #4 with $6.3 million ($39.2 million, three weeks); "Anger Management" at #5 with $5.5 million ($122.9 million, five weeks); "Holes" at #6 with $4.6 million ($51.4 million, four weeks); "Malibu's Most Wanted" at #8 with $2.1 million ($31.7 million, four weeks); "Bend It Like Beckham" at #9 with $1.6 million ($13 million, nine weeks); and "Confidence" at #10 with $1.5 million (#11 million, three weeks).