Denzel will stay at No. 1 this weekend |


Denzel will stay at No. 1 this weekend

Denzel will stay at No. 1 this weekend. A strong debut by Tina Fey's ''Mean Girls'' will only net thrid place

Man on Fire

It’s the calm before the summer-blockbuster storm, as the last batch of spring releases try to unseat Denzel Washington’s ”Man on Fire” at the top of the box office chart.

After premiering last weekend with $22.8 million, ”Man on Fire” could log another week at No. 1, slipping 45 percent to $13 million. Meanwhile, Jennifer Garner’s ”13 Going on 30” should also see a 45 percent decline to about $12 million.

The most promising of the week’s new films is ”Mean Girls,” the high-school comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and ”Saturday Night Live”’s Tina Fey, who also cowrote the script. Good buzz for the film should result in a $12 million debut.

The rest of the new releases will have to settle for single-digit debuts. The cloning thriller ”Godsend,” starring Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and Robert De Niro, should see a $7 million opening, while the comedies ”Laws of Attraction” (with Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan) and ”Envy” (with Jack Black and Ben Stiller) seem headed for $6 million openings.

Those of you hankering for some big box office numbers need only wait one more week: ”Van Helsing” is on the way.

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