Two very different new releases will battle for box office supremacy this weekend. When the dust settles, expect a pair of Oscar winners to trounce a young punk.
Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn team up with director Sydney Pollack — yep, he’s got an Oscar too — for the political thriller The Interpreter, which will attract fans looking for more cerebral movie-going. The dual starpower should result in a $16 million debut.
Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet debut their best-friends-become-a-couple romance A Lot Like Love, which probably won’t receive glowing reviews or match the $20.7 million opening of Kutcher’s recent comedy Guess Who, but should still premiere with around $14 million.
Last week’s No. 1 film, The Amityville Horror, will take a big hit from its $23.5 million opening, slipping to $11 million, while Sahara will battle for fourth place with the new martial-arts flick Kung Fu Hustle. Both films should gross about $7 million this weekend.