‘Bruce’ Proves Neo’s Not The Only One Who Can Beat ‘The Matrix’

Jim Carrey comedy takes in $86.4 million in opening weekend.

It took all the powers of God to unseat “The Matrix Reloaded” at the box office as “Bruce Almighty” debuted at #1 this past weekend with $86.4 million.

The Jim Carrey comedy had the second-highest Memorial Day weekend opening ever, behind 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”

“Bruce Almighty” was also Carrey’s biggest opening and the largest debut for a comedy that wasn’t a sequel. (Click for photos from “Bruce Almighty.” ) The highly animated megastar’s $55.1 million opening three years ago with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” previously held both records.

The only other new picture that went into wide release over the weekend was the Michael Douglas-led comedy remake “The In-Laws,” which landed at #5 with $9.1 million.

“The Matrix Reloaded” was #2 with $45.6 million, according to studio estimates, a 50.3 percent drop from its opening weekend. The first of this year’s two “Matrix” sequels has made $209.5 million since it was released two weeks ago. (Click for photos from “The Matrix Reloaded.” )

The rest of the weekend’s top 10 includes “Daddy Day Care” at #3 with $18 million ($73.1 million, three weeks); “X2: X-Men United” at #4 with $13 million ($192 million, four weeks); “Down With Love” at #6 with $5.1 million ($14.6 million, three weeks); “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” at #7 with $4 million ($37.3 million, four weeks); “Holes” at #8 with $3 million ($60 million, six weeks); “Identity” at #9 with $2.6 million ($49.1 million, five weeks); and “Anger Management” at #10 with $2.4 million ($131.8 million, seven weeks).