In the last big weekend of the summer, studios will use two high-profile films to attempt to fend off the beginning of the 2004 Summer Olympics, whose opening ceremonies take place today. 20th Century Fox will unveil a battle of the extraterrestrials with its much-anticipated Alien vs. Predator
, while Buena Vista has already unfurled its royal family comedy Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement
, which opened Wednesday. Warner Bros. Pictures also will use the weekend to bow its Japanese anime Yu-Gi-Oh!
, based on the popular comic book/trading card franchise. AVP
, from screenwriter and director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil
, Mortal Kombat
), marks a decadelong effort to bring the two sci-fi giants to the screen. Pitting two Fox franchises -- whose six films have a combined domestic gross of $358 million -- against each other, the film is taking advantage of two dedicated fan bases that have proliferated with the popular Fox Interactive video game of the same name. But unlike the original films' R rating, this time the two species will fight it out in a PG-13 world.