''Jeepers Creepers'' -- it's Labor Day movie time. With just one horror film debuting, the summer's old faves race toward the $100 million mark

By Dave Karger
Updated August 29, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Would anyone mind if we just pretended this Labor Day weekend didn’t exist? With only ”Jeepers Creepers 2” opening wide, the box office figures should be predictable — and low.

Two years ago, MGM premiered the teen horror thriller ”Jeepers Creepers” to a $15.8 million opening and a $37.9 million total box office take. So, naturally, the studio decided a sequel was absolutely imperative. (Hey, Chris Rock’s flop ”Head of State” made around the same amount; where’s the sequel to that one?) The sad truth is that they’ll likely be rewarded with another No. 1 opening, as ”Jeepers 2” should gross $14 million over the long holiday weekend.

Second place will be a race between another horror flick, ”Freddy vs. Jason,” and the ensemble action film ”S.W.A.T.,” both of which could snag $10 million. And two nicely performing Disney releases, ”Open Range” and ”Freaky Friday,” will score around $9 million each to round out the top five.

Meanwhile, a rash of summer films — ”Seabiscuit,” ”American Wedding,” ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” and ”The Italian Job” — will all try to inch past the $100 million mark before summer’s unofficial end. ”Seabiscuit,” ”Charlie’s Angels,” and ”The Italian Job” look like they have it in the bag. But ”American Wedding” had better hope for a strong surge in RSVPs.