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Oh, the Horror!

Ghouls, bikers, and the CIA battle at the box office. Don't be surprised if a no-star sequel scares up more green than Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, and Laurence Fishburne

The Recruit, Al Pacino, ... | SECRET AGENT MEN Can Pacino and Farrell ''Recruit'' big numbers at the box office?
SECRET AGENT MEN Can Pacino and Farrell ''Recruit'' big numbers at the box office?

Could ''Darkness Falls'' be replaced as the No. 1 film in the country by another star-free horror thriller? As scary as it sounds, it could happen.

This weekend ''Final Destination 2'' reaches multiplexes, hoping to top the $53.3 million box office total of its 2000 predecessor. Thanks to its recognizable name, the fright flick should have no trouble beating the $10 million opening of the original. Even though ''FD2'' features no big-name stars, the sequel should emerge victorious with about $15 million.

Also opening wide this weekend is ''The Recruit,'' an action thriller starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell. The CIA film has scored decent reviews and, while it won't match ''Insomnia'''s $26.1 million opening, it'll certainly beat ''Simone's'' $3.8 million debut. ''The Recruit'' should sign up with about $13 million.

The week's third new release is another action flick, ''Biker Boyz,'' starring Laurence Fishburne and ''Antwone Fisher's'' Derek Luke. The TV ads seem geared towards fans of ''The Fast and the Furious,'' and despite opening in a comparatively low 1,600 theaters, it should manage an $8 million debut.

Rounding out the top five should be returning favorites ''Kangaroo Jack'' and ''Chicago'' (ever think we'd mention those two in the same breath?), which could each slip to $7 million. If that's the case, last week's No. 1 film won't even make the top five. ''Darkness Falls,'' indeed.

Originally posted Jan 30, 2003