Washington in Man on Fire and Garner in 13 Going on 30 duke it out at the box office

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 27, 2004 09:00 AM
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With the competition tight, Denzel Washington in Man on Fire proved only slightly hotter than Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 this weekend, according to studio estimates.

In fact, the early figures are so close that the two movies may switch positions when the final figures are announced Monday, reports the Associated Press.

Any way they add up, Fire, a violent revenge thriller, marks Washington’s strongest opening since October 2001 in his Oscar-winning Training Day, which debuted to a $22.5-million take. (The star’s more recent Antwone Fisher and Out of Time did only so-so.)

Garner, a TV favorite on Alias (despite the show’s mediocre ratings), showed she could successfully jump to the big screen with her movie, which was a new spin on the Big theme.

Meanwhile, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ fell out of the top 10 this weekend (to No. 11) but has earned a powerful $364.3 million to date in North America.

The weekend Top 10, according to studio estimates, was as follows:

1. Man on Fire, $23 million
2. 13 Going on 30, $22 million
3. Kill Bill — Vol. 2, $10.4 million
4. The Punisher, $6.1 million
5. Home on the Range, $3.4 million
6. Johnson Family Vacation, $3.15 million
7. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, $3.13 million
8. Hellboy, $3 million
9. Ella Enchanted, $2.7 million
10. Walking Tall, $2.6 million