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''Kill Bill'' braces for $100 million week

”Kill Bill” braces for $100 million week. Between the first-day DVD sales of 2 million for ”Vol. 1” and the theatrical opening of ”Vol. 2,” Tarantino’s saga is poised to earn nine figures

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Revenge is sweet — and lucrative. Between the release of ”Kill Bill — Vol. 1” on DVD earlier this week and the theatrical opening of ”Vol. 2” on Friday, Quentin Tarantino’s saga of the vengeful Bride (Uma Thurman) is poised to earn $100 million this week. Variety does the math: Tuesday saw ”Vol. 1” sell an impressive 2 million DVDs — that’s $40 million right there. The trade paper expects total first-week sales and rentals of the video to reach at least $70 million, about what ”Vol. 1” earned in theaters. Add to that an expected $30 million opening-weekend box office from ”Vol. 2,” and you have a nine-figure week for Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Miramax. That’s almost enough to make parent company Disney forget ”The Alamo.”

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