”Hello, Angels!” That should be the resounding cry at the multiplexes this weekend, as ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” shimmies its way into theaters.
Following the success of the first ”Angels” film, which opened with $40.1 million three years ago, stars Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu return with the added bonus of headline-grabber Demi Moore. A mountain of hype thanks to Moore’s relationship with youngster Ashton Kutcher has only raised the profile of the film, which has young fans of both sexes in a tizzy. Promising more laughs than last week’s big debut, ”Hulk,” ”Full Throttle” could outgross the big green guy’s $62.1 million debut with a $65 million opening.
”Hulk,” meanwhile, should see the results of mixed word-of-mouth and decline by more than half from its debut. A 55 percent drop would translate to a $28 million weekend, bringing its 10-day total near $110 million. ”Finding Nemo” will continue its strong run with a 30 percent drop to $15 million. The animated smash will pass the $250 mark, on its way to becoming the No. 1 film of the year so far.
The only other major new release this week is the end-of-the-world drama ”28 Days Later,” directed by ”Trainspotting”’s Danny Boyle. Though it’s only opening in about 1,200 theaters, anticipation is high among young male fans, who should come out to the tune of about $8 million – enough for the No. 4 spot. And rounding out the top five will be either ”2 Fast 2 Furious” or ”Bruce Almighty,” which should both earn in the $6 million range. Whichever lands the No. 5 spot, its perch will be short-lived. Next week marks the arrival of ”Terminator 3,” ”Legally Blonde 2,” and ”Sinbad.”