''Saw II'' will carve out the top spot
It’s been a month since any movie has grossed more than $20 million in one weekend. Will the mini-slump end this weekend?
Exactly one year after the horror flick Saw premiered with $18.3 million, Saw II hits 600 more multiplexes than its predecessor and looks to top its debut. Thanks to its built-in fanbase and quick turnaround, the sequel should carve out $21 million in its first three days.
Meanwhile, it’s taken seven years for Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones to follow up The Mask of Zorro with The Legend of Zorro. And though the first swashbuckling film opened with $22.5 million, the delay may cost the sequel a few million bucks. The Legend of Zorro should return with about $18 million.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage’s new comedy/drama, The Weather Man, will battle with last week’s champ, Doom, for third place; each film should gross around $8 million. And the new Meryl Streep/Uma Thurman comedy Prime will have to settle with $7 million for fifth place.