Table: Magic at the Box Office?
The Hollywood hopefuls that will take on the child wizard this holiday season
Walt Disney/Pixar, Release Nov. 2
Pixar's hot streak will continue with a tale of imaginary monsters in the closet, but Potter could scare its box-office potential.
Budget: $95 million
Universal Pictures, Nov. 21
Lackluster drawing power of Brad Pitt and Robert Redford may push the
studio's recent luck in this espionage story.
Budget: $85 million
Warner Brothers, Dec. 7
George Clooney, Pitt, Julia Roberts & Co. score big in Vegas with this remake of 1960 robbery flick.
Budget: $90 million
Columbia Pictures, Dec. 25
Will Smith is a dead ringer for the great boxer.
Budget: $105 million
LORD OF THE RINGS
New Line Cinema, Ded. 19
Strange and dark, J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of battling hobbits will score with guys but may turn off their dates.
Budget: $110 million
Data: upcomingmovies.com, BusinessWeek