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''Scary Movie 3'' is No. 1 for a second weekend. Its only new challenger is Disney's two-day opener ''Brother Bear''

Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards, ... | COUPLE OF GOOD WEEKS Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen got in on ''Scary Movie'''s good fortune
COUPLE OF GOOD WEEKS Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen got in on ''Scary Movie'''s good fortune

In a Halloween weekend in which few moviegoers haunted the multiplex, ''Scary Movie 3'' remained on top for a second week, the first movie to rule the box office for two consecutive weeks since the scary-and-not-funny ''Freddy vs. Jason'' in August. According to studio estimates, the horror spoof scared up another $21.1 million, for a 10-day total of $78.6 million, exceeding the entire $71.3 million run of ''Scary Movie 2.'' (The first ''SM'' grossed $157 million.)

The movie's only new challenger was Disney's ''Brother Bear,'' which conceded Friday to trick-or-treating and opened on Saturday. The cartoon pawed an estimated $18.5 million in receipts to open in second place, but it was first on a per-screen basis, averaging $6,119 per venue to ''Scary Movie 3'''s $6,020.

Apparently, a lot of potential moviegoers were trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, as the top 12 movies drew just $91.9 million, down 9 percent from the same weekend last year. Those who were up for a real scare made ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' the No. 3 movie, with a gross of $10.9 million in its third week. At No. 4, uplifiting drama ''Radio'' continued to enjoy a strong reception, with it's $10.2 million gross sliding just 23 percent from its opening last weekend. Not too much of ''Runaway Jury'''s audience ran away either. It slipped just 19 percent to finish at No. 5 with a $6.9 million take.

Originally posted Nov 03, 2003