Batman Still Flying High

Witches, zombies and a big bug couldn’t bring down the Bat over the weekend as moviegoers continued to flock to Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins. The franchise reviver brought in an estimated $26.7 million in its second week, easily outdoing a batch of newcomers that includes Sony’s Bewitched, Universal’s George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead and Disney’s Herbie: Fully Loaded. The latest theatrical outing for the Dark Knight has earned around $121 million domestically to date.

Bewitched debuted at No. 2 with an estimated $20.2 million. Featuring vfx by Rhythm & Hues, the new take on the classic TV series failed to make a significant splash despite the bankable talents of Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. However, it did considerably better than the kid flick Herbie: Fully Loaded, which opened to an estimated $12.7 million to put it in fourth place behind 20th Century Fox’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie vehicle has earned north of $125 million over the past three weeks.

Rounding out the top five is Land of the Dead, the latest zombie epic from the man who revolutionized the genre with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. While it only made around $10.2 million, the film had one of the most lucrative debuts of the weekend, considering it was made for approximately $15 million. The fright flick features visual effects by K.N.B EFX Group, SPIN, Switch VFX and J.M.S. Special Effects.

Batman’s reign is sure to end on Wednesday when DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures unleash War of the Worlds, director Steven Spielberg’s mega-budget, CG-laden adaptation of the beloved sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells. The latest retelling of the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories promises to offer some groundbreaking effects work by the pros at Industrial Light and Magic.