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Uma Thurman's ''Bill'' will kill

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Uma Thurman, Kill Bill -- Vol. 2
Kill Bill 2: Andrew Cooper/ Miramax Films

Uma Thurman will slay the competition this weekend, as Quentin Tarantino’s anticipated sequel ”Kill Bill — Vol. 2” hits theaters.

The first ”Kill Bill” premiered with $22.1 million last fall, and since fans already love Thurman’s Bride character, the sequel should open even better. Expect a debut of around $28 million.

Young male moviegoers are also frothing at the mouth for ”The Punisher,” the latest comic book-inspired movie. Featuring Thomas Jane, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and John Travolta as the villain, it should debut stronger than last week’s low-wattage ”Hellboy.” ”The Punisher” should get into about $17 million worth of trouble.

”The Passion of the Christ” will likely slip to about $8 million, followed by ”Hellboy” with around $6 million.

Fifth place will be a battle between two returning films — ”Johnson Family Vacation” and ”The Alamo” — and one new entry, ”Connie and Carla,” starring ”My Big Fat Greek Wedding”’s Nia Vardalos. All three should see grosses in the $5 million range. And we’re only weeks away from ”Van Helsing” and the other big guns of summer.

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