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Business is expected to heat up next weekend as X2: X-Men United opens. Analysts saying the sequel's debut could exceed the $54.5 million first-weekend haul of X-Men in July 2000.
NO IDENTITY CRISIS
Cusack Film Takes in $17 Million in Debut Weekend
The murder-mystery Identity made a killing at the box office, taking in $17 million in its first weekend.

Anger Management, the top movie for the past two weekends, slipped to second place, grossing $16 million. Its 17-day total is now $104.5 million.

The weekend's other new releases debuted weakly. Confidence, with Edward Burns and Dustin Hoffman, came in at No. 5 with $4.75 million. It Runs in the Family, a comic drama starring Kirk and Michael Douglas, opened at No. 9 with $3 million. The Real Cancun, a big-screen variation of MTV's The Real World produced by that show's creators, took in $2.3 million to finish in 10th place.

Business is expected to heat up next weekend as X2: X-Men United opens. Analysts saying the sequel's debut could exceed the $54.5 million first-weekend haul of X-Men in July 2000.

Sony had this weekend's No. 1 and 2 movies in Identity and Anger Management.

Identity, with John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet, played in 2,733 theaters, averaging a solid $6,220 a cinema. Among other new movies, Confidence averaged $2,539 in 1,871 theaters; It Runs in the Family averaged $2,486 in 1,207 cinemas and The Real Cancun averaged $1,017 in 2,261 theaters.

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