Alien and Predator will both win. The monster showdown will woo boys to the theater; ''Princess Diaries'' will seduce the girls

By Dave Karger
Updated August 13, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Who knows whether Alien or Predator will win the battle, but the new horror flick ”Alien vs. Predator” will certainly emerge victorious at the box office this weekend. A movie practically tailor-made for the teenage-boy crowd, ”AVP” will have no problem dethroning Tom Cruise from the No. 1 slot with a debut of around $38 million.

While the guys check that one out, young girls will flock to ”The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” The first ”Princess Diaries” film premiered with $22.9 million three years ago, so look for the sequel to top that figure, opening with about $25 million.

Cruise’s ”Collateral,” meanwhile, should dip 45 percent in its second weekend to about $14 million, followed by ”The Village” and ”The Bourne Supremacy” with $8 million each.

Also opening this weekend is the film version of the kids’ collectors items ”Yu-Gi-Oh!,” which should manage a $7 million debut. Maybe next time they should think about challenging Alien or Predator to a duel.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 87 minutes
  • Paul Anderson (Director)
  • Bharat Nalluri