Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

War of the Worlds

$77,600,000
$113,200,000

1
2

Batman Begins

$18,600,000
$154,100,000

3
3

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

$12,700,000

$146,000,000

4
4

Bewitched

$10,800,000
$40,300,000

2
5

Herbie: Fully Loaded

$10,500,000
$36,800,000

2
6

Madagascar

$7,000,000
$172,400,000

6
7

Rebound

$6,000,000

$6,000,000

1
8

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

$5,000,000
$366,400,000
7
9

The Longest Yard

$3,500,000
$148,200,000
6
10

Land of the Dead

$3,200,000
$16,700,000
2
The high-profile interview and "romance" antics of Tom Cruise didn’t keep people from seeing him flee from the latest extraterrestrial menace, catapulting Steven Spielberg’s 21st century update of H.G. Well’s classic tale War of the Worlds to the top (note that these are the 4-day long weekend estimates, and Worlds got a Wednesday head-start).

But Batman, Brad and Angelina are holding strong, proving (despite their expense) to be qualified summer blockbusters after all.  Not so much the same for Bewitched, Herbie: Fully Loaded and the week’s other new flick, the Martin Lawrence kid-coach b-ball comedy Rebound, fouled in 7th with just $6 million.  Sadly, George Romero’s return to zombiedom Land of the Dead dug an early grave with a nearly 70% drop (yet still making its budget back), showing that maybe moving its release up a few months to a crowded summer wasn’t such a great idea after all — although now Universal can have it on DVD shelves in time for Halloween, when it was originally scheduled anyway.


Next week offers a few limited release alternatives (Murderball, Saraband, The Beautiful Country) while Marvel’s first family The Fantastic Four does battle with the scariest movie about a leaky ceiling you’ll ever see, Dark Water.