top of the charts on an estimated $31.2m.
The film, which is headlined by the unfamiliar Jonah Hill and Michael
Cera, demonstrates the growing critical and commercial power of its
producer Judd Apatow.
Apatow is the hottest comedy film-maker working in the US today and
also served as producer and director on the sleeper hit of the summer,
Knocked Up. He produced and directed the 2005 hit The 40-Year-Old
Virgin, and also produced last year's Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of
Ricky Bobby, and 2004's Anchorman.
In sharp contrast to Superbad, Warner Bros' poorly received sci-fi
thriller The Invasion failed to deliver despite its diamond encrusted lead
pairing of Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
The latest incarnation of Jack Finney's 1955 novel The Body Snatchers
opened poorly in fifth place on $6m and will struggle to stay in the
top 10 by the time the Labor Day public holiday (Sept 1-3) comes
around and officially closes the summer season.
Overall box office beat the corresponding weekend of 2006 as the top
12 films combined for $110.5m, representing a rise of 21% against last
year when Snakes On A Plane opened number one on a lackustre $15.2m.
New Line's buddy movie Rush Hour 3 dropped to number two on $21.8m for
$88.2m in its second weekend, while Universal's The Bourne Ultimatum
ranks third on $163.8m after three. The Matt Damon spy thriller should
overtake The Bourne Supremacy's $176.2m final gross within a week to
become the biggest in the franchise.
New Line's musical Hairspray crossed $100m in its fifth weekend and
ranks seventh on $100.6m.
Dino De Laurentiis' Company's sword and sandals saga The Last Legion
starring Colin Firth, Aishwarya Rai and Ben Kingsley opened through
The Weinstein Company at number 12 on $2.6m.
MGM's comedy Death At A Funeral opened in 17th place on $1.3m, while
Warner Independent's environmental documentary The 11th Hour opened in
30th place on $56,000.
Estimated Top 10 North America Aug 17-19, 2007
Film (Dist)/Int'l dist/Est wkd gross/Est total to date
1 (-) Superbad (Sony) SPRI $31.2m -
2 (1) Rush Hour 3 (New Line) NLI $21.8m $88.2m
3 (2) The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) UPI $18.9m $163.8m
4 (3) The Simpsons Movie (Fox) Fox International $6.7m $165.1m
5 (-) The Invasion (Warner Bros) WBPI/Village Roadshow $6m -
6 (4) Stardust (Paramount) PPI $5.2m $19.1m
7 (5) Hairspray (New Line) NLI $4.3m $100.6m
8 (6) Underdog (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $3.6m $31.7m
9 (8) Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (Warner Bros) WBPI
10 (7) I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry (Universal) UPI $3.50m $110.4m