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X2 Excites $155.2M Box Office Worldwide

Twentieth Century Fox's X2: X-MEN UNITED generated the second-highest international gross ever for a day-and-date rollout, taking in $85.8 in the U.S. and another $69.4M internationally from 93 markets. Reviewers like this version of the Marvel Comics mutants better than the first movie. Contributing VFX to the blockbuster reigning in first place in the U.S. were Cinesite, EYETECH Optics, Frantic Films, Kleiser-Walczak Construction Co. and Rhythm & Hues. Disney's THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE launched in second place with a $17M take. Rainmaker Digital Pictures did VFX for the film based on the hit TV series about the teen with an animated alter ego. Sony's IDENTITY dropped to third place, taking in $9.5M for a $30.2M cume. K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. did VFX work for the suspense flick. Sony/Revolutions' ANGER MANAGEMENT was in fourth place, taking in another $8.5M to rack up a total of $115.4M. Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Orphanage did VFX for ANGER. Buena Vista's comedy family/adventure HOLES dipped to fifth place with $6.5M and a $45M cume. Digital FilmWorks and Avtoma of L.A. contributed visual effects for VFX supervisor William Mesa, founder of Flash Film Works, whose studio did the majority of the work for the film from Walt Disney Pictures. MALIBU'S MOST WANTED slipped to sixth place with $4M and $28.9M for its second week of release. C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures did some of the VFX work for the Warner Bros. release. CONFIDENCE from Lions Gate dropped to seventh place with $2.5M and a take of $8.5M in its second week of release. Pixel Magic and Pacific Title contributed VFX in the con-men drama. MGM'S IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, starring Kirk and Michael Douglas, moved up to eighth place with $1.5M and a $5.1M cume in its second week. Fox Fox Searchlight's BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM debuted in ninth place with $1.4M. BULLETPROOF MONK dropped to tenth place with $4.6M and a $19.2M cume. Eyetronics did 3D scanning, while Burt Ward and his Boy Wonder VFX did visual effects along with Ian Locke at Millwright. The main title sequence was done by New Wave Entertainment for the MGM release. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.

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