Josh Rich's prediction: ''Ice Age: The Meltdown'' will beat ''Benchwarmers'' and cross $100 mil over the weekend

By Joshua Rich
Updated April 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Ice Age: The Meltdown

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Continuing its blockbuster run, Fox’s Ice Age: The Meltdown will become the second movie of 2006 to repeat as box office champ — and the year’s first film to cross the $100 million domestic mark.

But the frozen family flick’s first milestone will come before the weekend even heats up: It will pass The Pink Panther‘s $81 million take as the year’s top earner on Friday. Come Sunday morning, IA: TM should be well clear of the century mark. And it will wind up the weekend with another $40 million in the bank, a modest 40 percent drop from its huge $68 million bow.

So the real race this weekend will be for second place, with Sony’s Rob Schneider-Jon Heder-David Spade baseball comedy The Benchwarmers taking on New Line’s Dangerous Minds on the Dance Floor — sorry, Take the Lead. Each movie is bowing on more than 3,000 screens, but The Benchwarmers‘ broad-as-the-Pacific comedic appeal should enable it to leg out a triple ($18 million), while Take the Lead will hit a stand-up double ($11 million). And it will be singles — single digits, that is — for the Weinstein Company/MGM’s kooky thriller Lucky Number Slevin ($8 million) and Fox Searchlight’s Mo’Nique extravaganza Phat Girlz (phour millionz).

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Ice Age: The Meltdown

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