Word of mouth has been doing Superbad some good. Though the raunchy comedy faced an entire batch of new releases this weekend, the film still came out on top.
Superbad is #1... Again
Thanks to the help of Superbad, the domestic box office for summer 2007 crossed the $4 billion mark, a new record, a week before the season's official end. The film took in an estimated $18 million during its second frame, making it only the third release this summer to claim the number one spot twice in a row, following Spider-Man 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
Of the many new arrivals, only Mr. Bean's Holiday ($10.1 million), War ($10 million) and The Nanny Diaries ($7.8 million) were able to earn any money. Resurrecting the Champ, though sporting a cast that included Hartnett and Jackson, didn't even get close to the top ten.
Even with the unusually large array of disappointing wide releases, the box office still registered an improvement over the same frame last year. The top ten's haul of $85.5 million was up 12% from last year.
In its second weekend, Superbad fell by just 46%. The addition of $18 million brings the film's total domestic cume to $67.8 million, on path for the $100 million mark.
The Bourne Ultimatum, which took the number one spot at the international box office this weekend, came in second with a solid $12.4 million; bringing the film's domestic take to $185.1 million.
Though not in the top ten, Pixar's Ratatouille deserves some attention, as the film is only one-million off from the $200 million mark.