Mutants Rule Week Two

X2: X-Men United defeated newcomer Daddy Day Care to hold onto the No.1 spot at the box office over the weekend. The superhero sequel added an estimated $41.5 million to its cume, which is nearing $150 million after just two weeks. However, a 50% drop-off left plenty of room for Eddie Murphy’s new comedy to make a respectable $27.5 million, second place debut.

Accompanying Sony’s Daddy Day Care in many theaters is the new Sony Pictures Imageworks short Early Bloomer. The computer-generated cartoon plays before the feature and introduces audiences to an awkward but adorable tadpole just trying to fit in and keep up with his mischievous and playful friends. Sony Pictures Animation exec. VPs Sandra Rabins and Penny Finkelman Cox told Animation Magazine Online that the short is very different from Imagework’s first CG short, The ChubbChubbs!, which accompanied Men In Black II in theaters and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

The title of box office champ is sure to change hands this coming weekend, as X2 goes up against another highly anticipated sequel, The Matrix Reloaded. While early buzz for the event film has been tepid, pundits are predicting an opening in the $100 million ballpark. The first Matrix film was the sleeper hit of 1999, grossing $171.4 million. See our visual effects preview for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in the May issue of Animation Magazine. No spoilers, we promise.

Rounding out the weekend’s top five are Disney’s The Lizzie Mcguire Movie and the Sony double play Identity and Anger Management.