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Fans will hold ''The Grudge'' at No. 1

Fans will hold ''The Grudge'' at No. 1. But they'll also have ''Ray'' on their mind

Jason Behr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, ... | BOX OFFICE SLAYER ''The Grudge'' (starring Jason Behr and Sarah Michelle Gellar) will remain at the top
BOX OFFICE SLAYER ''The Grudge'' (starring Jason Behr and Sarah Michelle Gellar) will remain at the top

Fright fans looking for a good scare should keep Sarah Michelle Gellar’s horror thriller The Grudge at the top of the box office chart for a second week in a row.

After premiering last weekend to a shockingly high $39.1 million, The Grudge should see a smaller-than-usual drop for a horror flick (they usually plummet around 55 or 60 percent). A 45 percent drop would mean another $22 million.

Challenging The Grudge is Ray, the highly-anticipated biopic of Ray Charles starring Jamie Foxx. Its moderate theater count (about 2,000 moviehouses) means it’ll have trouble opening at No. 1, but mostly strong reviews for the film (and unanimous praise for Foxx’s performance) should keep Ray around for a while. Expect a debut in the $18 million range.

Shark Tale will likely place third with another $9 million, while the week’s other new wide release, the ultra-gory thriller Saw, will suffer from its lack of stars (and its competition from The Grudge) and settle for fourth place with $7 million. Rounding out the top five will be Shall We Dance? with about $5 million, while Nicole Kidman’s new drama Birth, which is opening in fewer than 500 theaters, will debut in sixth or seventh place with $4 million. A love story with a 10-year-old boy will prove a tough sell indeed.

Originally posted Oct 28, 2004