''XXX'' will top a third weekend. Without any strong contenders opening, Vin Diesel will reign as box office champ

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Vin Diesel, XXX
Credit: XXX: Columbia Pictures
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Would someone please wake me up when August is over?

As is always the case, the last few weeks of the summer bring nothing in the way of box office fireworks. This weekend, three new movies aren’t likely to dethrone ”XXX” from the No. 1 spot.

In its third week, the Vin Diesel action thriller stands to see its gross slip to about $11 million, bringing its total into the $100 million range. Likewise, last week’s No. 2 film, the Mel Gibson crop-circle drama ”Signs,” should fall to $10 million but still maintain its runner-up status.

The new movie with the widest opening is ”Serving Sara,” a comedy starring Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley in which the two band together to serve divorce papers to Hurley’s no-good husband. Have you called ahead for your tickets yet? Didn’t think so. Advance buzz is poor, and the trailer and commercials virtually scream ”dead on arrival.” Expect ”Sara” to serve up only about $8 million.

Last week’s new surfer-girl flick ”Blue Crush” stands to lose about 45 or 50 percent of its $14.2 million opening in its second week, falling to about $7 million or $8 million. That leaves the week’s two other premieres to battle for fifth place. In one corner: Al Pacino’s ”Simone,” in which the Oscar winner plays a movie director who invents a digital screen idol. In the other: ”Undisputed,” a jailhouse boxing drama starring Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames. The two films are opening in 1,800 and 1,100 theaters, respectively, but they should have similar $5 million debuts.

Is there anything to get excited about this weekend? At least fans in New York and Los Angeles get to see Robin Williams’ creepily delicious ”One Hour Photo.” For the rest of the country, we offer our condolences.

Blue Crush
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  • PG-13
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  • 103 minutes
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  • John Stockwell

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