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Some genuine suspense appears to surround this weekend's boxoffice matchup. The two new wide releases couldn't be more different. 20th Century Fox/New Regency Enterprises' hard-edged revenge thriller Man on Fire faces off against Sony Pictures/Revolution Studios' lighthearted comedy 13 Going on 30. But because each film has several drawing points as well as a couple of drawbacks, it could make for a close race. Vengeance has ruled at the boxoffice in recent weeks. Last weekend, Kill Bill-Vol. 2 reigned with a $25.1 million haul, with The Punisher scoring the second spot. Three weekends ago, Hellboy held sway with $23.2 million, and Walking Tall claimed the runner-up position. And even though it runs the risk of courting moviegoers whose death wish might be satiated, Man on Fire should continue what Uma Thurman's Kill Bill character called the "roaring rampage of revenge."


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