Horror spoof Scary Movie 3 has charged to the top of the American box office this weekend (24-26OCT03) with a record haul both for an October release and for its distributor MIRAMAX FILMS.

The ensemble comedy earned $49.7 million (GBP31 million), smashing the October record set last year (02) when SIR Anthony Hopkins thriller Red Dragon opened at number one with $36.5 million (GBP22.8 million).

The previous company record for Miramax was the $42.4 million (GBP26.5 million) take for the first SCARY MOVIE in 2000.

The latest film - directed by comedy veteran David Zucker, best known for his work on spoof classics Airplane! and the NAKED GUN series - features LESLIE NIELSEN, Charlie Sheen and QUEEN LATIFAH sending up recent supernatural chillers like Signs, The Ring and The Others.

Last weekend's (17-19OCT03) top movie THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE slipped to second place with $14.7 million (GBP9.2 million), taking its 10-day total to $51.2 million (GBP32 million).

Cuba Gooding JR's new movie Radio, which is based on the real life story of a retarded football coach, came in third with a healthy opening take of $14 million (GBP8.75 million).

26/10/2003 20:59