''Batman'' begins its run at No. 1 -- The latest Caped Crusader film makes $46.9 million over the weekend; meanwhile, Hilary Duff has a far-from-''Perfect'' debut
Christian Bale, Batman Begins
Credit: Batman Begins: David James

So did Batman Begins break the $50 million mark in its opening weekend after all? Well, yes and no. The first Batman film in years grossed $46.9 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, according to studio estimates. But since its Wednesday debut, the mostly well-reviewed movie, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, earned a total of $71.1 million.

Batman Begins‘ three-day figure falls short of Batman Forever‘s $52.8 million take but is an improvement over Batman and Robin‘s $42.8 million opening. (It’s safe to say that had the new film opened on Friday instead of two days early, it would have easily become the biggest Caped Crusader debut yet.)

Second place went to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which fell an expected 46 percent to $27.3 million, bringing its 10-day total to a strong $98 million. Completing the top five were Madagascar ($11.1 million), Star Wars: Episode III ($9.7 million), and The Longest Yard ($8 million). Star Wars‘ total now stands at an amazing $347.8 million, making the No. 11 top grosser of all time. In the next week or two it should surpass Jurassic Park‘s $357.1 million and crack the top 10.

But the news wasn’t so good for Hilary Duff, whose romantic comedy The Perfect Man opened with a paltry $5.5 million, a seventh-place finish. That makes two Duff flops in a row, following last fall’s drama Raise Your Voice, which managed only a $4 million debut. Perhaps it’s time to dust off those Lizzie McGuire outfits?

Batman Begins
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