The Force will be strong at the box office. But ''Madagascar,'' ''Cinderella Man,'' and ''Longest Yard'' will do Jedi-like as well
Ewan McGregor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
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Two high-profile new releases combined with three returning hits could make for a very tight top five at the box office this weekend, with all five films grossing at least $20 million.

In its third week, Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith may very well log another weekend at No. 1, even if it slips 45 percent to $30 million.

Close behind will be Madagascar, which should see a smaller drop to about $28 million in its second weekend. Then there?s Cinderella Man, which will ride high from strong reviews and the combined star power of Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger. In its premiere weekend, the boxing drama should earn $25 million.

Fighting for fourth place will be The Longest Yard, which will fall around 50 percent to $24 million, and the new teen-girl drama The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which could debut with a surprisingly strong $22 million.

For the teen male set, there?s the skateboarding flick Lords of Dogtown, which will have to settle for sixth place in such a crowded weekend with $15 million.

Cinderella Man
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