The counter-programming success of last year's The Devil Wears Prada - which opened on the same weekend as Superman Returns and went on to gross $122m domestically - will not be easy to replicate.
Several distributors, though, will try their hands with female-oriented offerings that might find a niche between the male-oriented action outings.
Universal's multi-generational drama/comedy Georgia Rule opens on May 11 with Lindsay Lohan playing a rebellious teen opposite Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. Garry Marshall directs.
Warner's No Reservations goes head to head with The Simpsons Movie on July 27. Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a top chef, and Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin is the niece she has to unexpectedly look after. Scott Hicks directs. Warner's Dan Fellman says the film has been screening 'extremely well'.
And Miramax's period drama Becoming Jane, from Kinky Boots director Julian Jarrold, opens opposite The Bourne Ultimatum on August 3, with Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen and a supporting cast including James McAvoy, Julie Walters and Maggie Smith.