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'Towers' of Power

Which movie will win the weekend's box office? The young-adult comedy ''Just Married'' battles Tolkien's hobbits and Leo's devlish charm

Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, ... | 'JUST' CAUSE Will ''Married'' be a match for ''Towers'' or ''Catch''?
Image credit: Just Married: Tracy Bennet
'JUST' CAUSE Will ''Married'' be a match for ''Towers'' or ''Catch''?

Anyone else sick of those darned hobbits yet? (I didn't think so.) With only one new wide release hitting theaters this weekend, ''The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'' should make it four consecutive weeks at the top of the box office chart.

''Two Towers'' has already grossed $267 million domestically (and is nearing $600 million worldwide). The sequel should see a 40 percent drop this weekend to $15 million, bringing its total past $280 million.

Likewise, last week's runner-up, the Steven Spielberg crime comedy ''Catch Me If You Can'' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, will slip 35 percent or so to $14 million, meaning its total should be near $120 million.

The week's lone new entry is ''Just Married,'' a silly comedy starring ''Dude, Where's My Car?'' dude Ashton Kutcher and ''8 Mile'' girlfriend Brittany Murphy. Opening in more than 2,700 theaters, ''Married'' will be the movie to see among young viewers who have already sat through ''Two Towers'' five times. But will it draw enough fans to displace Leo or the Hobbits? Probably not. Expect the comedy to make off with about $11 million for the weekend.

Fourth and fifth place could go to ''Two Weeks Notice'' and Denzel Washington's ''Antwone Fisher,'' which expands to about 1,000 theaters this weekend. ''Fisher'' has earned spectacular A+ ratings from CinemaScore audiences, but it hasn't been doing as well in limited release as it could have. Plus, the film was shut out of the Golden Globe nominations, a surprise that didn't exactly help matters. Still, both ''Antwone'' and ''Two Weeks Notice'' should gross $7 million over the weekend. And by the way, we GUARANTEE a new No. 1 movie next weekend. So stay tuned.

Originally posted Jan 09, 2003
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