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BOX OFFICE BUZZ JODIE FOSTER FAMILY FLICK A CONTENDER.

Byline: GREG HERNANDEZ

Academy Award winners Jodie Foster and George Clooney arrive today in multiplexes, with movies targeting very different audiences, battling for box office supremacy.

Foster, who earned Best Actress Oscars for her roles in "The Accused" and "Silence of the Lambs," stars with Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler in the family adventure film "Nim's Island."

Although Foster is coming off a rare box office misfire ("The Brave One"), "Nim's" should eke out a win since it's playing in nearly 3,500 theaters. In addition, the only other family film in wide release is "Horton Hears A Who."

"Nim's" should finish in the $15 million range, just ahead of the Clooney-directed "Leatherheads," a period football flick in which Clooney co-stars with Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski.

Clooney has fared best with the "Ocean's" franchise and is questionable in other genres. Even his Oscar-nominated performance in last year's "Michael Clayton" couldn't propel that film past $49 million domestically.

ALSO NEW: Horror fans have a new offering to jump out of their seats for. "The Ruins," about a group of young Americans in Cancun, opens in 2,500 theaters and could scare up as much as $10 million on opening weekend.

LIMITED RELEASE: The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese?

I'm so there!

The concert film "Shine A Light" is playing in 270 theaters, including 93 giant-screen Imax venues.

I think this movie is going to have a lot of sellouts and earn more than $2million this weekend -- a nice sum given the number of locations.

Opening in just 25 theaters is the comedy-drama "Meet Bill," with a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba.

The drama "My Blueberry Nights" is out in just five theaters, but if one of them is near you, the film features the acting debut of Grammy winner Norah Jones and also stars Jude Law, David Strathairn, Natalie Portman and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.

HOLDOVERS: Last week's No.1 movie, "21," did far better than I expected, with a $24 million debut. I predict it will dip just enough to finish in the $13 million range and take third place for the weekend.

Harder to call is "Horton," which has had only modest week-to-week drops and took in $17 million last weekend. I'm thinking "Horton" takes in at least $10 million to contend with "Ruins" for fourth place."

greg.hernandez@dailynews.com

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