''X2'' could be one of the biggest films ever -- Watch out Hillary Duff! Wolverine's back, and his claws are sharpened for ''Lizzie McGuire''
It might not be 90 degrees where you live, but summer has begun just the same. This weekend’s release of ”X2: X-Men United” officially signals the start of the blockbuster season, and it’ll be a biggie.
Three years ago, the first ”X-Men” debuted with $54.5 million, which amounted to an amazing 35 percent of its total $157.3 million gross. With the entire cast returning (including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) — plus unanimous buzz that the sequel is better than the original AND has a much bigger theater count (3,700 sites as opposed to 3,000 for the first film) — ”X2” could very well become one of the top 10 openers of all time with a $70 million debut.
The only person with the guts to open against the X-Men is that lovable Disney Channel heroine Lizzie McGuire (played by Hilary Duff), who premieres her first film, ”The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” Duff has a huge fan base of tween girls, who probably couldn’t care less about ”X2.” So ”Lizzie” should benefit from the increased multiplex traffic and score a $17 million debut for the second spot.
Last week’s top two films will battle for No. 3. The John Cusack thriller ”Identity” will likely fall 40 percent from its $16.2 million debut to about $10 million, while Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson’s hit comedy ”Anger Management” will also land in the $10 million range, down 35 percent from last week.
Rounding out the top five, the family flick ”Holes” should slip 30 percent to about $9 million. If only those kids had Wolverine’s claws…