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'Superbad' Is No. 1 At Weekend Box Office

Bawdy comedy "Superbad" proved to be super good at the North American movie box
offices, holding onto the No. 1 slot for the second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Superbad

"Superbad" grossed $18 million and is the second summer hit from producer Judd Apatow and its co-writer and star Seth Rogen, following "Knocked Up."

"The response to 'Superbad' has been no less than incredible," said Rory Bruer, president of distribution for Sony Pictures, the film's distributor.

Total gross earnings for "Superbad," a film that cost about $20 million to make, are $68.6 million. The film follows the antics of two high school friends on their quest for girls and
booze.

Action-thriller "The Bourne Ultimatum" grabbed the No. 2 slot with an estimated weekend gross of $12.4 million in its fourth week of release. The Universal Pictures release has grossed a total of $185.1 million.

"Rush Hour 3," starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as two hapless cops, came in third with $12.3 million for New Line Cinema. Rounding out the top five were two new releases --
Universal's "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and Lionsgate's "War," which grossed $10.1 and $10 million, respectively.

Following are the top 10 films at the North American box office for the three days
beginning Aug. 24, led by reigning champion "Superbad," according to estimates compiled Sunday by tracking firm Media By Numbers.

Final data will be issued Monday.

1 (1) Superbad ................... $ 18.0 million
2 (3) The Bourne Ultimatum ....... $ 12.4 million
3 (2) Rush Hour 3 ................ $ 12.3 million
4 (+) Mr. Bean's Holiday ......... $ 10.1 million
5 (+) War ........................ $ 10.0 million
6 (+) The Nanny Diaries .......... $ 7.8 million
7 (4) The Simpsons Movie ......... $ 4.4 million
8 (6) Stardust ................... $ 4.0 million
9 (7) Hairspray .................. $ 3.5 million
10 (5) The Invasion ............... $ 3.1 million

NOTE: Last weekend's rankings in parentheses. + denotes new
release.

TOTALS TO DATE

The Bourne Ultimatum ............... $ 185.1 million
The Simpsons Movie ................. $ 173.4 million
Rush Hour 3 ........................ $ 109.0 million
Hairspray .......................... $ 107.4 million
Superbad ........................... $ 68.6 million
Stardust ........................... $ 26.5 million
The Invasion ....................... $ 11.5 million
Mr. Bean's Holiday ................. $ 10.1 million
War ................................ $ 10.0 million
The Nanny Diaries .................. $ 7.8 million


"Superbad" was released by Columbia Pictures, a unit of Sony.

"War" was released by Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment.

"The Nanny Diaries" was released by the Weinstein, which is privately held.

"Rush Hour 3" and "Hairspray" were released by New Line Cinema. "The Invasion" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Both are units of Time Warner.

"The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Mr. Bean's Holiday" were released by Universal Pictures, a unit of General Electric's NBC Universal.

"The Simpsons Movie" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. .

"Stardust" was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom.

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