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HOLLYWOOD SLUMP OVER!
FF Movie Burns Up The Box Office!

From BoxOfficeGuru.com: "If estimates hold when final grosses are tabulated on Monday, Fantastic Four will have led the industry to its first gain over 2004 in 20 weeks breaking a box office slump plaguing the film business for months. The $100M Fox actioner debuted with a spectacular $56 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, generating the third largest opening of the year. Fighting doom in 3,602 theaters, the PG-13 film averaged a potent $15,547 per site. The performance was very similar to the debut of X-Men, which bowed to $54.5M in July 2000. Fantastic Four was mostly panned by critics. But fans didn't care. They turned out in big numbers anyway. The opening was especially impressive given the amount of action competition currently in the marketplace."



MICHAEL CHIKLIS
FANTASTIC FOUR
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CHRISTIAN BALE
BATMAN BEGINS

From Box Office Guru: "In its fourth weekend, Batman Begins delivered another solid hold slipping only 35% to an estimated $10.2 million in its fourth week. The Warner Bros. franchise flick has been profiting from strong word-of-mouth, raising its total to $172.1 million, and now seems likely to reach $200M in North America. Article from People magazine:

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NO TOM CRUISE HERE
WAR OF THE WORLDS

From BoxOfficeGuru.com: "Last week's top film War of the Worlds fell 52% in its sophomore frame to an estimated $31.3 million to finish in second place. Paramount's Tom Cruise alien invasion pic now stands at $165.8 million after 12 days and has become the studio's top-grossing film since 2000's "What Women Want." Averaging a potent $8,005 per location, the $132M Steven Spielberg film looks to reach $230-240M domestically. Below, H.G. Wells' classic story as seen in the comics:

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TV Guide article on the FF!