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In the Driver's Seat

Tom's ''Collateral'' will cruise to No. 1. -- The thriller won't be his best opening to date, but it should top ''The Village'' and Brittany Murphy's new movie

Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise, ... | WILD RIDE (From left) The combo of ''Collateral'''s Cruise and Foxx should make for big money at the box office
WILD RIDE (From left) The combo of ''Collateral'''s Cruise and Foxx should make for big money at the box office

Is the whole country ready to experience the dark side of Los Angeles? We'll find out this weekend, as Michael Mann's ''Collateral'' reaches theaters.

''Collateral,'' a taut thriller starring Tom Cruise as a hitman and Jamie Foxx as the cab driver forced to chauffeur him for the evening, has strong early reviews on its side, but also an R rating and a major marquee star playing a villain. So don't expect a ''Mission: Impossible''-level opening weekend. Still, ''Collateral'' will score the No. 1 spot at the box office, with around $30 million.

Last week's top film, ''The Village,'' will begin to see the effects of its negative reviews, falling 55 percent or so from its $50.7 million debut to $23 million. But it should place higher than the weekend's other new wide release, the Brittany Murphy romantic comedy ''Little Black Book,'' which, thanks to young female moviegoers, should bring in about $14 million.

Returning films ''The Bourne Supremacy'' and ''The Manchurian Candidate'' will round out the top five, with $12 million and $11 million, respectively. But with ''Alien vs. Predator'' and ''The Princess Diaries 2'' arriving next week, they shouldn't get too comfortable there.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2004
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