''Scary Movie 3'' breaks a box office record. The goofy sequel became the best opening ever for this month

By Dave Karger
Updated October 27, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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Wanna hear something really scary? “Scary Movie 3: Episode 1 — Lord of the Brooms” grossed $49.7 million in three days.

Trouncing the $35 million “Scary Movie 2” earned over its 5-day opening weekend in 2001 as well as the $36.5 million take of the previous October record holder, “Red Dragon,” the goofy sequel easily became the best opening ever for this month. Dimension Films can thank “Scary Movie”’s PG-13 rating (the other two films in the series were rated R), a hot cast including Queen Latifah and Pamela Anderson, and quite simply the funniest trailer of the year.

Way behind in second place was last week’s No. 1, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which dropped 48 percent to $14.7 million. After 10 days, the horror remake has earned $51.2 million. Opening in third was the Cuba Gooding Jr./Ed Harris football drama “Radio,” which debuted with a respectable $14 million. Positive word of mouth should result in small dropoffs in the coming weeks.

Speaking of which, “Runaway Jury” slipped only 29 percent in its second week to $8.4 million, while the critical smash “Mystic River” fell just 27 percent to $7.6 million. Their totals are now $24 and $24.5 million, respectively.

The news wasn’t so good for Angelina Jolie, whose drama “Beyond Borders” opened in 11th place with only $2 million. A few more wrongheaded decisions like this and the talented Oscar-winner’s career will be beyond over.

Beyond Borders

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