The movie biz takes a breather this weekend after more than a month of monster openings, including ”The Matrix Reloaded,” ”X2: X-Men United,” ”Bruce Almighty,” ”Finding Nemo,” and ”2 Fast 2 Furious.” With no blockbuster new release, those Pixar fish should paddle their way back to No. 1.
Last weekend, ”Finding Nemo” slipped only 34 percent to $46.6 million. A similar 35 percent drop in week three would result in another $30 million for the adorable family film, pushing its total to around $190 million.
Last weeks top film, ”2 Fast 2 Furious,” will likely claim second place. After premiering with a fantastic $50.5 million, the street-racing flick should drop 50 percent to $25 million, nearing $90 million so far.
Three new releases will also hit multiplexes this weekend, and it’ll be a tight race for the No. 3 spot on the chart. Adults will flock to Harrison Ford’s police comedy ”Hollywood Homicide,” which also stars Josh Hartnett. Teens are drooling over the prequel ”Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd,” which does NOT star Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, but rather younger lookalikes. And families who have already seen ”Nemo” will support ”Rugrats Go Wild,” featuring the voice of Bruce Willis. All three films should earn in the $15 million range. As for those $50 million openings? Thanks to ”The Hulk” (June 20) and ”Charlie’s Angels 2” (June 27), they’ll be back very soon.