''Batman Begins'' will spread its wings in week two. The critical darling should outperform new releases ''Bewitched'' and ''Herbie: Fully Loaded''

By Dave Karger
Updated June 24, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the face of three high-profile (but relatively low on buzz) new releases, Batman Begins should make it two weeks in a row at the top of the box office charts.

After grossing $72.9 million in its first five days, the Batman prequel should slip 45 percent from its three-day take of $48.7 million to $27 million this coming weekend.

The two most promising newcomers seem to be Bewitched and Herbie: Fully Loaded, though the former, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, is aiming for adults, while the latter, featuring Lindsay Lohan, will bring in kids and families. Both films should earn about $18 million over the three-day weekend.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith, meanwhile, will fall to about $13 million, which should still place it ahead of the final new wide release, the George Romero zombie thriller Land of the Dead, which will likely see a debut in the $10 million range.

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