After a so-so showing this spring with ”The Ladykillers,” Tom Hanks should return to his box office form this weekend with ”The Terminal.”
Joining forces for the third time with director Steven Spielberg, Hanks costars with Catherine Zeta-Jones (that’s three Oscar winners, in case you’re counting) in the stranded-in-the-airport romance. After a month of family films dominating the marketplace, this more adult draw should capitalize on Hanks’ considerable star power and see a $25 million debut.
”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” should see a 50 percent drop to about $18 million this weekend, putting it neck-and-neck with the new Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy ”Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” which should bring in goofy comedy fans to the tune of about $18 million as well.
The weekend’s third new wide release is Jackie Chan’s family flick, ”Around the World in 80 Days.” Last weekend proved that families will see anything half-decent (see: ”Garfield: The Movie”), so even though ”80 Days” won’t exactly be an Oscar contender next year, it could still debut with about $15 million. And ”Shrek 2” will likely complete the top five with a 40 percent drop to $14 million, surpassing ”The Passion of the Christ” as the year’s No. 1 film. At least until ”Spider-Man 2” comes along.