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Get amped: ''School of Rock'' should roll in at No. 1

Get amped: ''School of Rock'' should roll in at No. 1. The critically adored Jack Black comedy will appeal to a wide audience and top Denzel's ''Out of Time''

Jack Black, The School of Rock

Will Denzel Washington get rocked by Jack Black at the box office this weekend? Count on it, kids.

Thanks to fantastic reviews, great buzz, and a terrific, original premise, Black’s comedy ”The School of Rock,” in which the inventive comedian takes a job as a substitute teacher and recruits his students for a battle of the bands, will rule the weekend, appealing to fans of all ages (and even families). The PG-13 comedy could gross in the neighborhood of $25 million.

Second place will most certainly go to Washington, who returns with ”Out of Time,” where he plays a Florida cop framed for a double murder. Though it’s a very fine thriller, it doesn’t exactly break any new ground, which will limit its audience somewhat. Still, Washington’s star power should result in a $13 million debut.

Last week’s top film, ”The Rundown,” should see a 50 percent drop from its $18.5 million opening to about $9 million, while Diane Lane’s romance ”Under the Tuscan Sun” is likely to slip only 35 percent to $6 million. ”Underworld” and ”Secondhand Lions” will duke it out for fifth place, each earning about $5 million. But even fans of a vampire thriller or a family comedy are more likely to enroll in ”The School of Rock” this weekend.

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