B.O. weekend looking loud

The weekend ahead looks to be a scream.

Miramax/Dimension’s “Scream 2” is set to bow in a frightening 3,112 theaters over the weekend — an astounding number given the crowded holiday marketplace that has distributors and exhibitors fighting tooth and nail over playdates. (“It’s a bloodbath out there,” said one distribution chief.)

Still, it’s not surprising exhibitors are jumping out of their seats to book “Scream 2.” Market research indicates the Wes Craven-helmed horror pic is heading for a huge opening and most distribution execs say they’ll be surprised if it doesn’t top $20 million in its first three days.

The frame’s other two wide openers, Fox’s “Home Alone 3” and Universal’s Tim Allen starrer “For Richer or Poorer,” will duke it out for family auds with last weekend’s No. 1 film, Disney’s “Flubber.”

Meanwhile, DreamWorks launched its Steven Spielberg-helmed slave ship drama “Amistad” in six New York and L.A. theaters Wednesday. The picture got off to a powerful start, grossing about $51,300, or $8,551 per screen, in its first day. The period drama expands to 322 locations nationwide today.

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