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How's this for irony: It took one of the worst movies in cinematic history to finally snap Hollywood's unprecedented 19-week box-office slump. That's right, Fantastic Four — which was deemed a fantastic flop by 75 percent of the nation's film critics, per RottenTomatoes.com — grossed $56 million over the weekend. That, coupled with a strong second-week performance from War of the Worlds, lifted overall receipts 2.25 percent over the same weekend in 2004. But don't be so quick to anoint Fantastic Four a hit. The audience for the film steadily declined from Friday to Sunday, a good indication that word of mouth was, well, less than fantastic.

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How's this for irony: It took one of the worst movies in cinematic history to finally snap Hollywood's unprecedented 19-week box-office slump. That's right, Fantastic Four which was deemed a fantastic flop by 75 percent of the nation's film critics, per RottenTomatoes.com grossed $56 million over the weekend. That, coupled with a strong second-week performance from War of the Worlds, lifted overall receipts 2.25 percent over the same weekend in 2004. But don't be so quick to anoint Fantastic Four a hit. The audience for the film steadily declined from Friday to Sunday, a good indication that word of mouth was, well, less than fantastic.