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Box Office Preview: Can 'Immortals' pass 'Puss'?

Box Office Preview: Can 'Immortals' pass 'Puss'?

November 11th, 2011 by PAUL DERGARABEDIAN, For The Associated Press in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Relativity Media's "Immortals" will battle Paramount/Dreamworks' "Puss in Boots" and Sony's "Jack and Jill" for box office supremacy this weekend in what could be a titan-like clash for No. 1.

But Tarsem Singh's action-adventure set in a mythological world and starring Henry Cavill and Luke Evans should end up prevailing with riches in the $25 million to $30 million range.

The ferocious "Puss in Boots" in its third week on the prowl has continued to dominate the marketplace and could earn another $25 million this weekend and likely cross the $110 million mark by Sunday night.

Adam Sandler will enter the fray this weekend in "Jack and Jill," which features Sandler playing Jack Sadelstein and his identical twin sister Jill in this holiday-themed comedy. An expected gross in the low to mid $20 million range will make for a tightly clustered top three at the box office.

Universal's Tower Heist starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller will see a likely 35-40 percent drop in its second weekend and should steal around $15 million.

Warner Bros.' biopic "J. Edgar" is debuting in around 1,900 theaters and should start its box office file with about $12 million to $15 million. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as legendary FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, the Clint Eastwood-directed film is already generating Oscar buzz and critical acclaim.

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Paul Dergarabedian is president of the Box Office Division of Hollywood.com and provides box office analysis for The Associated Press.

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