Box Office Preview

'Fire' Storm

Denzel will stay at No. 1 this weekend. A strong debut by Tina Fey's ''Mean Girls'' will only net thrid place

Man on Fire | HE'S THE 'MAN' Washington (with costar Dakota Fanning) will top the box office again
HE'S THE 'MAN' Washington (with costar Dakota Fanning) will top the box office again

It's the calm before the summer-blockbuster storm, as the last batch of spring releases try to unseat Denzel Washington's ''Man on Fire'' at the top of the box office chart.

After premiering last weekend with $22.8 million, ''Man on Fire'' could log another week at No. 1, slipping 45 percent to $13 million. Meanwhile, Jennifer Garner's ''13 Going on 30'' should also see a 45 percent decline to about $12 million.

The most promising of the week's new films is ''Mean Girls,'' the high-school comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and ''Saturday Night Live'''s Tina Fey, who also cowrote the script. Good buzz for the film should result in a $12 million debut.

The rest of the new releases will have to settle for single-digit debuts. The cloning thriller ''Godsend,'' starring Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and Robert De Niro, should see a $7 million opening, while the comedies ''Laws of Attraction'' (with Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan) and ''Envy'' (with Jack Black and Ben Stiller) seem headed for $6 million openings.

Those of you hankering for some big box office numbers need only wait one more week: ''Van Helsing'' is on the way.

Originally posted Apr 29, 2004
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