Dave Karger's online-only prediction: Beckinsale's action sequel ''Underworld: Evolution'' will easily beat last week's top movies

After last week’s neck-and-neck race between Glory Road and Hoodwinked, this weekend’s box office will be dominated by one film only — Underworld: Evolution.

The action sequel, starring Kate Beckinsale and her skin-tight rubber body suit, will draw young male fans in droves. In September 2003, Underworld premiered with $21.8 million; expect the sequel to easily surpass that, grossing $26 million in its first three days.

This weekend, the biggest battle will be for second place. Last week’s top two movies, Glory Road and Hoodwinked, will each slip to $8 million, while newly crowned Golden Globe king Brokeback Mountain finally crosses the 1,000-theater mark this weekend, which should also result in an $8 millon gross. And Queen Latifah’s comedy Last Holiday should round out the top five with $7 million, leaving Terrence Malick’s drama The New World, starring Colin Farrell, to place outside the top five in its first weekend of wide release, with a $5 million take. Unfortunately, another Farrell flick has been getting more attention lately.

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