It's mutant-hating humans versus human-hating machines in theaters this week as "The Matrix Reloaded" goes up against the box-office might of "X2: X-Men United," while "Down With Love" is stuck in the middle.
"The Matrix Reloaded," the first of this year's two highly anticipated sequels to 1999's groundbreaking sci-fi action hit "The Matrix," reunites Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith while introducing a few new characters into the Matrix mythology, like Jada Pinkett Smith's toughened ship captain Niobe. (Click for photos from "The Matrix Reloaded.")
The film promises to expand on the man vs. machine storyline and altered reality concepts introduced in the first film, and it drew several enthusiastic celebrities to its Los Angeles premiere last week (see "Durst, Bass Zombie, 'Matrix' Cast Turn Out For 'Reloaded' Premiere"). "Reloaded" opened Thursday and will compete this weekend with "X2," which has held the #1 spot at the box office for two weeks (see "X-Men Unite To Fight Lizzie McGuire, Take In $86 Million"). (Click for photos from "X2: X-Men United.")
Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger star in "Down With Love," the only other film going into wide release this weekend. (Click for photos from "Down With Love.") Set in the 1960s, it's a romantic comedy about an advice columnist who falls in love with a somewhat chauvinistic writer against her better judgment. The film was directed by Peyton Reed ("Bring It On"), whose upcoming projects include Marvel Films' "Fantastic Four" flick (see " 'Fantastic Four' Screenwriter Spills Super Secrets").