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''Troy'' will bask in weekend box office glory. An R rating is its Achilles' heel, but it should still finish far ahead of No. 2 ''Van Helsing''

Eric Bana, Troy | BANA WEEKEND ''Troy'' (starring Bana) should ride its leading men's box office appeal to the No. 1 spot
BANA WEEKEND ''Troy'' (starring Bana) should ride its leading men's box office appeal to the No. 1 spot

Will Brad Pitt be the face that launches a box office hit? We'll find out this weekend as ''Troy'' becomes the second blockbuster of the summer of 2004.

Following the $51.7 million debut of ''Van Helsing'' last weekend, ''Troy,'' the period epic starring Pitt, Orlando Bloom (''The Lord of the Rings''), and Eric Bana (''The Hulk''), will try to capitalize on renewed fan excitement. But its R rating means it'll have a hard time matching ''Van Helsing'''s figure. Expect ''Troy'' to emerge from this battle with $45 million.

''Van Helsing,'' meanwhile, will see a chunk of its business go to Pitt and Co., so Hugh Jackman's action drama will plummet at least 50 percent to around $25 million in its second week.

Opening in approximately 1,300 theaters this weekend is ''Breakin' All the Rules,'' a new comedy starring Jamie Foxx. Foxx's fan base could propel him to a third place finish with about $8 million.

Completing the top five will be ''Mean Girls'' and ''Man on Fire'' with $6 million and $4 million, respectively. Families feeling left out of the summer season so far need only wait until next Wednesday for the release of ''Shrek 2.''

Originally posted May 13, 2004
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