Can Will Smith make it three weeks in a row at the top of the box office? Faced with some weak competition, it could very well happen.
After holding on nicely in its second weekend, Smith’s smash romance Hitch should see a drop of about 40 percent this weekend to $19 million, while Keanu Reeves’ thriller Constantine is bound to take a larger hit of 50 percent from its $29.8 million debut to $15 million.
The highest-profile new release of the weekend is Cursed, a long-delayed horror flick from the Scream team of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. Starring Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson, the film will test whether young moviegoers have overdosed on horror films in the last two months, but should still manage a $14 million debut.
Meanwhile, the very unlikely duo of Tommy Lee Jones and Cedric the Entertainer team up for the comedy Man of the House, which may premiere with about $8 million, just ahead of the family drama Because of Winn-Dixie, which will slip 35 percent in its second weekend to $7 million. But for many movie fans, the production they’re most excited about this weekend is the Oscars.