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Ghoul Power

''Van Helsing'' hunts for big box office. ''Mean Girls'' and the Olsens won't keep the summer's first blockbuster release from scaring up big bucks

Hugh Jackman, Van Helsing | FROM X-MEN TO EX-MEN Jackman battles the undead in ''Van Helsing''
FROM X-MEN TO EX-MEN Jackman battles the undead in ''Van Helsing''
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Monsters, werewolves, and Hugh Jackman? Yep, it's the summer movie season.

After two mega-grossing ''X-Men'' movies, Jackman is now battling the bad guys on his own with ''Van Helsing,'' which teams him with ''The Mummy'' director Stephen Sommers against a greatest-hits collection of movie creatures. Movie audiences are panting for a bona fide summer blockbuster, and this will do the trick. Expect ''Van Helsing'' to kick off the season with a $65 million weekend.

Second place should go to Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey's ''Mean Girls,'' which will likely see a 45 percent drop to $13 million. Meanwhile, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's comedy ''New York Minute'' doesn't seem to be generating nearly as much interest among their core young female fan base as ''Mean Girls'' did last weekend. (Perhaps their fans are so used to seeing their films go straight to video that a theatrical release doesn't seem fitting.) ''Minute'' should see a disappointing $9 million debut.

In their third weekends, ''Man on Fire'' and ''13 Going on 30'' will round out the top five with $8 million and $5 million, respectively. But with ''Troy'' and ''Breakin' All the Rules'' arriving next week, their days in the top five are numbered.

Originally posted May 06, 2004
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