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Moviegoers will ''Treasure'' Cage again. ''National Treasure'' will be No. 1 for a third week

National Treasure | 'NATIONAL' HERO Cage (second from right) & Company will stay at No. 1
'NATIONAL' HERO Cage (second from right) & Company will stay at No. 1

Maybe it's all that Thanksgiving tryptophan, but Hollywood executives don't seem to have the energy to put out any new wide releases this weekend, which will likely lead to a carbon-copy of last week's box office chart.

After claiming the No. 1 position for two weeks in a row, Nicolas Cage's thriller National Treasure should see a 55 percent drop to $14 million this weekend, but should still cross the $100 million mark in its third week of release.

Two family-friendly successes, The Incredibles and Christmas with the Kranks, will battle for the runner-up position with about $12 million each, while The Polar Express and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie should complete the top five with $10 million and $7 million, respectively.

This weekend will see the release of the new ensemble drama Closer, with Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen, but with a theater count of about 450, even a per-theater gross of $14,000 would mean a weekend tally of $6 million. Maybe they'll get ''closer'' to the top 5 when and if it expands to more venues.

Originally posted Dec 02, 2004
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