War of the Worlds failed to celebrate lead actor Tom Cruise's 43rd birthday yesterday (03JUL05) by breaking Spider-Man 2's record US Independence Day weekend (03-04JUL05) box office takings.

Steven Spielberg's sci-fi epic grossed $101.7 million (GBP57.7 million) during its first five days on release in America, while the SAM RAIMI superhero movie took a massive $152 million (GBP86.3 million) over the same period in 2004.

War Of The Worlds has taken $204.2 million (GBP115.9 million) worldwide since its release last Wednesday - and still has some way to go before matching its reported $135 million (GBP76.6 million) budget.

04/07/2005 02:09