We hope Jim Carrey enjoyed his time at the top of the box office. Because it’s coming to an end.
The new Disney/Pixar animated film ”Finding Nemo” should knock Carrey’s ”Bruce Almighty” from its No. 1 perch this weekend, giving families their first truly great film option of the summer. This time the team behind the ”Toy Story” movies and ”Monsters, Inc.” explore an underwater world with fish voiced by Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Willem Dafoe — and the results are beautiful and hilarious. Parents and kids will eat these fish up (so to speak), and ”Finding Nemo” should debut with about $45 million.
”Bruce Almighty,” meanwhile, stands to plummet from its incredible $85.7 million debut, thanks to not-so-hot reviews. A 45 percent decline from its three-day opening gross of $68 million seems likely, resulting in another $37 million and a 10-day total of around $135 million.
Another new release, the heist thriller ”The Italian Job,” will place third, thanks to an ever-present marketing campaign and the combined star power of Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, and Charlize Theron. The crowded weekend will probably limit its intake to about $25 million. But that’ll put it ahead of ”The Matrix Reloaded,” which should see another big drop to $18 million in its third week. And with most families flocking to ”Finding Nemo,” Eddie Murphy’s ”Daddy Day Care” will take a big hit, slipping to $8 million for fifth place.
The week’s other new release, the horror thriller ”Wrong Turn,” will have a tough time muscling into the top five. At fault: a lack of A-list stars (though ”Ghost Ship”’s Desmond Harrington, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”’s Eliza Dushku, and ”Six Feet Under”’s Jeremy Sisto are certainly promising up-and-comers), a relatively quiet marketing campaign, and a fairly low theater count of around 1,600. A $6 million opening is to be expected, followed by a quick right turn — to the video stores.