`War' conquers the world

Box Office

July 05, 2005

LOS ANGELES - War of the Worlds conquered the box office as easily as the movie's aliens overpowered Earth, but it did not have enough firepower to overcome Hollywood's prolongued box office slump.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise's sci-fi tale took in $77.6 million over the long Fourth of July weekend, lifting its total since debuting Wednesday to $113.3 million, according to studio estimates yesterday.

That fell well short of the all-time high held by Spider-Man 2, whose $180.1 million haul in its first six days led Hollywood to a record Fourth of July weekend last year. The top 12 movies took in $160.1 million, off 25 percent from that 2004 record weekend.

Opening in 78 countries last week, War of the Worlds took in an additional $102.5 million overseas from Wednesday to Sunday, putting its worldwide total at well over $200 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, the Martin Lawrence basketball comedy Rebound, fouled out with just $6 million from Friday to Monday, coming in at No. 7.

Shown are the weekend's top films at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations (final figures will be released today), with estimated sales. Associated Press

Movie .............................. Distributor ......Wknd ........Total .......No. of

........................................................................ gross .... gross ...... weeks

1. War of the Worlds ....... Paramount ........ $77.6 ..... $77.6 .........1

2. Batman Begins ............ Warner Bros. .... $18.7 ..... $20.2 ........ 3

3. Mr. and Mrs. Smith .... 20th Cent. Fox ...$12.7 .....$107.7 ....... 3

4. Bewitched .................. Sony, Columbia ..$10.8 .....$31 ............ 2

5. Herbie ........................ Disney ................. $10.5 .....$22.75 ....... 2

6. Madagascar .............. DreamWorks ....... $7 ........ $132.2 ....... 6

7. Rebound .................... 20th Cent. Fox .... $6 ........ $6 .............. 1

8. Revenge of the Sith .... Fox ...................... $5 ....... $332.25 ...... 7

9. The Longest Yard ...... Paramount ........ $3.5 ...... $115.2 ........ 6

10. Land of the Dead ...... Universal .......... $3.2 ...... $13.4 .......... 2

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