Is there any film sweeter than ''Charlie''? ''The Island'' will be no match for Johnny Depp's candyland daydream

By Dave Karger
July 22, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Warner Bros. Pictures

A slew of new releases will try to unseat Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from its No. 1 perch, but Willy Wonka’s candy may prove too sweet yet again.

A 50 percent drop from last week’s $56 million debut would give Charlie another $28 million this weekend, which could be enough to top all newcomers. Perhaps the most promising new release is The Island, the latest action extravaganza from Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. But relatively low audience interest should result in a debut around $25 million.

Wedding Crashers will hold up nicely in its second weekend with another $22 million, while Billy Bob Thornton’s remake of Bad News Bears will likely place fourth with around $15 million.

That leaves the weekend’s two other debuts to battle for fifth place. Rob Zombie returns with another horror thriller, The Devil’s Rejects, while the Sundance hit Hustle & Flow opens in around 1,000 theaters. Both films should gross around $8 million this weekend.

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