Holy! ''Bruce Almighty'' tops the ''Matrix'' sequel. Jim Carrey (with the help of Jennifer Aniston) had his biggest opening movie to date says Dave Karger

By Dave Karger
Updated May 23, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Credit: Bruce Almighty: Ralph Nelson
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Don’t underestimate the power of God. Or Jim Carrey, for that matter. Carrey’s latest comedy ”Bruce Almighty” was downright Godlike at the box office, taking in $86.3 million this Memorial Day weekend, according to studio estimates, trouncing “The Matrix Reloaded” in the process.

”Almighty,” about a TV reporter given holy powers, easily became Carrey’s biggest opening ever, surpassing the $55.1 million three-day gross of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with $70.5 million. Certainly costar Jennifer Aniston helped bring in the bucks.

Plummeting from its $91.8 million debut, “The Matrix Reloaded” earned only $45.6 million in its second weekend. Looks like most “Matrix” fans turned out in the megasequel’s first weekend. Despite the huge drop, “Reloaded” has now grossed $209.5 million, becoming the second-fastest film (behind “Spider-Man,” of course) to cross the $200 mark.

“Daddy Day Care” and “X2: X-Men United” placed third and fourth with $18 and $13 million respectively, in front of the Michael Douglas/Albert Brooks comedy “The In-Laws,” which had trouble even breaking $10 million earning only $9.1 over the holiday weekend. This year, Jim Carrey was the country’s comedic God.

Bruce Almighty

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