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''War'' is Tom Cruise's best opening ever -- Despite the actor's controversial publicity-tour comments, moviegoers turn out in droves to see his ''War of the Worlds''

By Dave Karger
Updated July 04, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Tom Cruise, War of the Worlds
Credit: War of the Worlds: Frank Masi

If much of the American public has been turned off by Tom Cruise’s recent media appearances, their wallets didn’t show it this weekend, as War of the Worlds became the biggest opening of the actor’s career.

Over the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend, War grossed $77.6 million, according to studio estimates, and a total of $113.3 million since its debut on Wednesday. That easily topped Cruise’s personal six-day best of $92 million, set by Mission: Impossible 2 in 2000. In fact, War is now already more than 50 percent on its way to topping M:I2‘s $215 million total gross.

A slew of returning movies also posted double-digit figures: Batman Begins saw a 43 percent decline to $18.7 million, while Mr. and Mrs. Smith dipped 39 percent to $12.7 million. Their totals now stand at $154.1 million and $146.1 million, respectively. The Nicole Kidman/Will Ferrell disappointment Bewitched slid 55 percent in its second weekend to $10.8 million, while Herbie: Fully Loaded finished fifth with $10.5 million.

The biggest surprise of the weekend was the disastrous performance of Martin Lawrence’s basketball comedy Rebound, which earned a paltry $6 million over the four-day weekend, marking Lawrence’s worst showing in over a decade. Let’s hope his career rebounds better than the movie.

Batman Begins

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  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 137 minutes
director
  • Christopher Nolan

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