Moviegoers won't ''Hide'' from De Niro this weekend -- not with both ''Hide and Seek'' and ''Meet the Fockers'' likely to land in the top five

By Dave Karger
January 28, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

With Meet the Fockers still going strong at the box office, Robert De Niro will likely place two movies in the box office top five, thanks to his new thriller Hide and Seek.

With creepy TV ads featuring standout child actress Dakota Fanning and a supposedly secret ending, Hide should find itself in the No. 1 position with a debut in the $18 million range.

Meanwhile, hot off its seven Oscar nominations, Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank?s Million Dollar Baby expands to over 2,000 theaters this weekend and should capitalize on its fantastic buzz, scoring a $13 million weekend.

Ice Cube?s family comedy Are We There Yet? will drop from the top spot, falling about 45 percent to $10 million, meaning it?ll compete for third place with the weekend?s other new thriller, Alone in the Dark, starring Tara Reid and Christian Slater. Opening in about 2,100 theaters, Alone should also scare up about $10 million.

Either Coach Carter or Meet the Fockers will place fifth with $5 million. But look for De Niro?s Fockers to eke out the victory and bookend the top five. Not bad for a guy who?s been at this for almost 40 years.