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THE 'X' FACTOR

The summer movie season blasted off with a mighty mutant bang, as X2: X-Men United superpowered its way to $85.6 million -- 58 percent higher than X-Men's 2000 bow, and the fourth biggest opening ever (after Spider-Man and the two Harry Potter movies). The sequel also debuted abroad, bringing the total haul to $154.9 million worldwide, a new first-weekend record. In the tween corner, Hilary Duff did some butt kicking of her own, landing The Lizzie McGuire Movie in second place with $17.3 mil. And in limited release, the Oscar-nominated documentary Spellbound turned out to be an H-I-T, taking in $17,508 in one New York theater.

TOP 20 NO. WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 X2: X-MEN UNITED 20th Century Fox $85.6 3,741 $22,871 1 $85.6 2 THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE Disney $17.3 2,825 $6,138 1 $17.3 3 IDENTITY Columbia $9.4 2,733 $3,448 2 $30.2 4 ANGER MANAGEMENT Columbia $8.4 3,471 $2,422 4 $115.3 5 HOLES Disney $6.9 2,402 $2,879 3 $45.4 6 MALIBU'S MOST WANTED Warner Bros. $4.0 2,340 $1,719 3 $28.9 7 CONFIDENCE Lions Gate $2.5 1,871 $1,353 2 $8.5 8 IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY MGM $1.6 1,207 $1,363 2 $5.2 9 BULLETPROOF MONK MGM $1.5 1,894 $779 3 $21.6 10 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM Fox Searchlight $1.5 483 $3,044 8 $11.0 11 PHONE BOOTH 20th Century Fox $1.5 1,196 $1,225 5 $42.5 12 WHAT A GIRL WANTS Warner Bros. $1.2 1,720 $682 5 $34.5 13 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE Touchstone $1.1 1,113 $1,012 9 $127.6 14 A MIGHTY WIND Warner Bros. $1.0 157 $6,575 3 $6.2 15 CHICAGO Miramax $1.0 825 $1,186 19 $165.0 16 HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES Lions Gate $0.7 623 $1,159 4 $10.8 17 GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS Disney $0.7 97 $7,253 4 $6.4 18 THE REAL CANCUN New Line $0.6 2,261 $271 2 $3.3 19 BETTER LUCK TOMORROW Paramount $0.5 387 $1,309 4 $3.0 20 AGENT CODY BANKS MGM $0.4 1,404 $298 8 $47.0

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF MAY 2-4 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints
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