Dave Karger
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eddie Murphy was no match for the X-Men, as ”X2: X-Men United” topped the box office for the second week in a row. The action sequel, which premiered last weekend with more than $85 million, took a steep fall as predicted, grossing another $41.4 million, according to studio estimates. That’s a 52 percent drop, compared with the 57 percent plummet of the first ”X-Men” three years ago, meaning fans are a bit happier with the sequel than they were with the original. After 10 days, ”X2” has earned a fantastic $149 million.

Opening far back in second place was the Eddie Murphy comedy ”Daddy Day Care,” with $27.6 million. In the film, Murphy plays a laid-off professional who starts a babysitting business. The family flick posted slightly better numbers than Murphy’s last kiddie comedy, ”Dr. Dolittle,” which debuted with $25 million two years ago.

Surprisingly, the biggest slip of the top five belonged to ”The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” which dropped 55 percent to $7.8 million, a much larger dip than family films usually see. Its 10-day total now stands at $27.2 million. And, as expected, ”Identity” and ”Anger Management” rounded out the top five with $6.3 million and $5.5 million, respectively. Both films have been hanging on for a while now, but with ”Down With Love” and ”The Matrix Reloaded” just days away, don’t expect to see them around next week.

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