”Kill Bill — Vol. 1” will be alive and well at the box office this weekend, as Quentin Tarantino finally unleashes his fourth film onto the drooling public.
”Bill,” an ultraviolent, eye-popping action flick starring Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu, has been amassing buzz for months, and early reviews (including an A- from EW’s Owen Gleiberman) indicate it doesn’t disappoint. Despite its R rating, action fans will be lining up for this one, resulting in an opening in the $20 million range.
Last week’s No. 1 film, ”The School of Rock,” should see a nice hold in its second weekend, dropping 35 percent to $13 million, while the megawatt star power of George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones should help their twisted romance, ”Intolerable Cruelty,” open in third place. The Coen brothers should see their biggest debut yet as ”Cruelty” will open with about $12 million.
It’s tough to be a horror film when you’re opening against ”Kill Bill,” but premiering in only about 1,500 theaters, ”House of the Dead” (as if we need to give any plot details with a title like that) should benefit from its ubiquitous MTV ad campaign and debut with around $10 million.
Denzel Washington’s thriller ”Out of Time” will round out the top five, slipping 45 percent to $9 million. Unless, that is, the family flick ”Good Boy!,” featuring the voice of Matthew Broderick, sneaks in there just above Denzel. Without much in the way of family-friendly fare right now, the canine comedy should sniff out about $8 million.