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''Superbad'' will hold on to No. 1

On a hodgepodge weekend of summer leftovers, ”Superbad” will once again gobble the most cash

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Melissa Moseley

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If the box office is starting to feel like an end-of-season sale at your favorite department store, it’s because Hollywood is clearing out its summer wares to get ready for the fall season. What this means for you, oh moviegoer, is that there’s a lot of varied new product in theaters but it’s not going to be the best you’ve seen all summer. If you’re willing to lower your expectations and settle for some light entertainment, this is the weekend for you. Read on to see what’s on special at your local multiplex.

THE (LIKELY) TOP FIVE

Superbad
Sony Pictures · R · 2,948 theaters · 2nd week
The boys of summer can’t be stopped. Not by Jet Li. Not by Scarlett Johansson. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are destined to be No. 1 again, as yet another round of audiences follow them on their one-night quest for beer and chicks.
Weekend prediction: $18 million

War
Lionsgate · R · 2,277 theaters · NEW
Starring Jason Statham and Jet Li, War is yet another testosterone-fueled action flick. With several other options in the marketplace for men and the women who love them, it’s going to be tough for Statham to top his highest-grossing actioner, Transporter 2, which bowed last Labor Day weekend to $16.5 million.
Weekend prediction: $15 million

The Bourne Ultimatum
Universal · PG-13 · 3,676 theaters · 4th weekend
Matt Damon continues his charge toward $200 million and highest-grossing Bourne movie yet. Ultimatum shouldn’t drop more than 40 percent this frame.
Weekend prediction: $12 million

The Nanny Diaries
Weinstein Co. · PG-13 · 2,629 theaters · NEW
With a solid cast featuring Laura Linney, Scarlett Johansson and Paul Giamatti, Nanny Diaries could benefit from being the first women-oriented film to bow in weeks. But with critics not taking to kindly to the film, which has switched weekends as often as Linney switches outfits, its unclear how well it will perform.
Weekend prediction: $12 million

Rush Hour 3
New Line · R · 3,408 theaters · 3rd week
The Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy will linger in the top five for another week.
Weekend prediction: $10 million

OTHER NEW RELEASES

Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Universal · G · 1,713 theaters · NEW
This film has been a phenomenon around the world, grossing $189 million internationally. It could fill a void in the family-film market — one that Underdog and Bratz failed to entice. And there are quite a few fans of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean schtick. Likely, though, it won’t do much business in North America.
Weekend prediction: $7 million

Resurrecting the Champ
Yari Film Group · PG-13 · 1,602 theaters · NEW
There was a time when Josh Hartnett was poised to be the next big thing. Unfortunately, that time has now passed. He stars in this movie as a journalist who discovers a homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) who used to be a prize-fighting boxer.
Weekend prediction: $3 million