Super Friday for Sony's 'Superbad': $12 mil b.o.


The Judd Apatow comedy combine has struck again. Sony Pictures' rude, R-rated teen sex comedy "Superbad" burst out of the starting gate Friday, grossing an estimated $12.2 million in 2,948 theaters. Following in the wake of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," which Apatow directed, the new film that he served on as producer looks as if it will exceed initial expectations for the weekend, grossing in the high $20 million range, possibly even hitting the $30 million mark.

Directed by Greg Mottola, "Superbad" stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as a couple of teens looking for their first score.

The weekend's other two wide arrivals, however, hardly created a ripple at the boxoffice.

Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Invasion," the latest remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and officially directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, debuted in fourth place with a weak, estimated $2 million.

The Weinstein Co.'s "The Last Legion," a twilight-of-the-Roman-Empire action pic directed by Doug Lefler and produced by Dino De Laurentiis Prods., finished outside of the top 10 with a meager estimated tally of $883,000.

Rounding out the top 10, New Line Cinema's "Rush Hour 2," which commanded the charts last weekend, shifted to second place with a Friday gross of about $6.4 million.

Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Ultimatum" ranked third with an estimated $5.7 million as its cumulative domestic total crossed the $150 million mark.

In fifth place, 20th Century Fox's "The Simpsons Movie" took in an estimated $1.9 million.