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''Barbershop 2'' will trim the competition. Also expect a strong debut by Olympic hockey drama ''Miracle''

Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, ... | ICE, PICK ''Barbershop 2'' (starring Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube) will edge out ''Miracle''
ICE, PICK ''Barbershop 2'' (starring Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube) will edge out ''Miracle''

Two feel-good movies will battle it out at multiplexes this weekend, as ''Barbershop 2: Back in Business'' and the ice-hockey drama ''Miracle'' both stand to open well.

In what could be a very close one-two finish, ''Barbershop 2,'' which reunites Ice Cube, Eve, and Cedric the Entertainer from the hit original (which grossed a total of $75.8 million) stands to come out on top. With strong early reviews and the addition of Queen Latifah, the sequel should snip away about $24 million this weekend.

''Miracle,'' meanwhile, should draw sports fans still hyped up from last week's Super Bowl. The story of the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic hockey team, the film, which had successful sneak previews last weekend, features an impressive performance from Kurt Russell and all-around good buzz (like 2002's baseball drama ''The Rookie'') and should debut with about $21 million.

Last week's top film, the hip-hop drama ''You Got Served,'' will slip about 50 percent to $8 million, while three films will jockey for fourth and fifth place. ''The Butterfly Effect'' and ''Along Came Polly'' will each drop to about $5 million, while the new family action film ''Catch That Kid,'' from talented director (and husband of Julianne Moore) Bart Freundlich, appears from its ad campaign to be a lesser version of ''Spy Kids.'' Without much audience interest, this ''Kid'' should only make about $5 million.

Originally posted Feb 05, 2004

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