Spielberg Wages "War" on the Holiday Weekend Box Office

No, it didn't break any records ... but no, it didn't exactly underperform, either. No matter how you look at it, Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" zapped a healthy chunk of change from our pockets during the July 4th weekend. Three-day frame: $64.5 million. Throw in the Monday holiday and the figure rises to $77.6 million. Toss the Wednesday opening and Thursday into the mix and you're looking at a "War" chest worth just over $113 million.

Needless to say, the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller handily snatched the #1 box office spot. Hanging on with impressive tenacity is "Batman Begins," which grossed $18.7 over the four-day weekend ($154m total), while third place went to the also rather buoyant "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," which added over $12.5 million to a total tally of $146m.

Fourth place went to "Bewitched," which pulled in an extra $10.8 million, and "Herbie: Fully Loaded," which added $10.5m to its bottom line. Aside from "War of the Worlds," the only other wide release newcomer was the Martin Lawrence kids' comedy "Rebound," which landed in 7th place with a $6 million weekend.

Next Friday sees the release of two new heavyweights, the Fox comic-book adaptation "Fantastic Four," and the Jennifer Connelly thriller "Dark Water."

As always, please feel free to stop by the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office Page for a closer look at the weekend monetary numerals.

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