'Superbad' Scores Super Big

Low-budget teen comedy rakes in $31.2M at box office despite R rating
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2007 12:34 AM CDT
The cast of "Superbad" poses behind producer Judd Apatow at the film's premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ribald teen romp "Superbad" triumphed at the box office this weekend, raking in $31.2 million despite an R rating and a modest budget under $20 million, reports Variety. It marks the seventh biggest opening for an R-rated comedy, edging out Judd Apatow's other summer hit, "Knocked Up," which opened in June and has earned $147 million to date.

"Superbad" beat out July chart-toppers "Rush Hour 3," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Simpsons Movie," and—at number five—$80 million sci-fi flick "Invasion," starring Nicole Kidman, which debuted at $6 million. Overall summer box office revenues are up 11% over last year.