B.O.: ‘X-Men’ Blows ‘Em Away

HOLLYWOOD, July 16, 2000 – Superheroes save the day at the box office … again.

But this time it wasn’t Superman or Batman but rather a group of good and bad mutants with superpowers in Bryan “The Usual Suspects” Singer’s comic book adaptation “X-Men,” bowing in its debut week with a spectacular $57.5 million.

The film, which has received generally good reviews and some of the best word of mouth of any movie this summer, was the second-biggest opening of the year behind “M:I-2’s” bow in May at $57.9 million.

When final figures are released by Exhibitor Relations Inc. on Monday, that statistic could change.

“X-Men” features an ensemble cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Bruce Davison and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

Falling from the top spot but still showing scarily strong legs was “Scary Movie”, that classy horror-movie spoof helmed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. In its second week, “Scary” scared up $26.1 mil, bringing its two-week total to an astounding $89 mil.

Rounding out the Top Five were: “The Perfect Storm” with $17.49 mil, down one notch; “The Patriot”, slipping one spot, with $11 mil; and “Disney’s The Kid”, down from No. 4 last week, with $10.51 mil.

Here’s a rundown of the weekend Top 10, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations:

1. “X-Men” ($57.5 mil; opening weekend) 2. “Scary Movie” ($26.1 mil; $89 mil overall) 3. “The Perfect Storm” ($17.49 mil; $128.9 mil overall) 4. “The Patriot” ($11 mil; $83.2 mil overall) 5. “Disney’s The Kid” ($10.51 mil; $30 mil overall) 6. “Chicken Run” ($7.82 mil; $76.9 mil overall) 7. “Me, Myself & Irene” ($5.7 mil; $77.1 mil overall) 8. “Big Momma’s House” ($2.75 mil; $108.2 mil overall) 9. “Gone in 60 Seconds” ($2.56 mil; $91 mil overall) 10. “Shaft” ($2.45 mil; $66 mil overall)