and his gut-busting clan feasted on its box office competition over the weekend. Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
debuted in first place with an estimated gross of $42.7 million, making it the biggest opening of Murphy's career and nearly double the original's take in its first weekend. And although last week's top flick, What Lies Beneath
, was bumped to second, the thriller slipped just 26 percent, pulling in roughly $22 million. Compare that to X-Men
, which managed to hang on to third place with $11.5 million despite plummeting more than 50 percent for the second consecutive weekend. Rounding out the top five were Scary Movie
($8.1 million) and The Perfect Storm
($7 million). Newcomer Thomas and the Magic Railroad
derailed in ninth place with $4.2 million.