Box Office Preview

'Hell' On Earth

''Hellboy'' will raise you-know-what at the box office. A strong debut from The Rock will knock ''Scooby-Doo'' down to third

Ron Perlman, Hellboy | RED TIDE ''Hellboy'' will roll over the competition
RED TIDE ''Hellboy'' will roll over the competition

Four new wide releases will shake up the top five movies at the box office this weekend, most likely pushing ''Scooby-Doo 2'' out of the No. 1 spot.

Perhaps the most promising debut comes from ''Hellboy,'' the latest comic book to be transferred onto the big screen. Though the film adaptation is low on star power (what, you’re not a huge Ron Perlman fan?), its graphic roots will bring in tons of built-in fans. Expect an opening in the $21 million range.

Meanwhile, Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson returns with his latest action film, ''Walking Tall,'' a remake of the man-against-the-world flick from the ‘70s. It won’t bring in the bucks like his Scorpion King character, but a $16 million debut seems likely.

That would push ''Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed'' to third place. The sequel should see a 50 percent drop from its $29.4 million debut to about $15 million.

Two films for the younger set will fill out the top five. Disney’s newest animated film, ''Home on the Range,'' will draw the sure-thing family audience, opening with around $12 million, while Julia Stiles stars in the romance ''The Prince & Me,'' which should debut with about $10 million thanks to its girl-friendly regular-girl-falls-for-royalty plotline.

Originally posted Apr 01, 2004
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