Redbus Film Distribution scored its biggest opening since April 2002's Bend It Like Beckham last weekend when it launched Eli Roth's Cabin Fever.

The horror title grossed a massive $1.8m (£1.1m), including previews of $196,137 (£117,682), over its launch weekend. Playing at 277 sites Cabin Fever played to a very strong $6,355 location average.

Despite not having the same brand awarness Cabin Fever's opening far outstripped that of Entertainment's Freddy Vs Jason and saw an opening location average double that of Pathe's Jeepers Creepers 2 - both in August - although the Jeepers Creepers sequel grossed more over its launch weekend playing on 64 more sites.

Redbus has often found success from the horror/suspense genre in the past, with films such as 2002's The Mothman Prophecies ($4.2m) and 2001's The Gift ($7.3m) and the original Jeepers Creepers ($10.8m) providing recent examples.

The independent distributor will be particularly pleased with the performance as it picked up the rights direct from the film's producer at the Toronto Film Festival for £120,000. The first three days on release alone provided nearly nine times that figure in box office returns.

Chart notes:

Finding Nemo was released wide this week after a single week platform at the Odeon Leicester Square.

Total gross for Kill Bill, Volume 1 reflects four-day openings (Oct 9-12).

Intermission is on release in The Republic Of Ireland only.