Zombie film is a treat for Hollywood

first_img“`Halloween’ was far beyond anything we’ve seen on Labor Day,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. The industry finished the summer season with record receipts of $4.18 billion since the first weekend in May. Factoring in higher ticket prices, though, movie attendance did not set a record. Media By Numbers estimates 610million tickets were sold, the fifth-best figure for modern Hollywood. Unlike Carpenter’s original, Zombie’s “Halloween” delved into the childhood of unstoppable slasher Michael Myers to explain why the masked madman wages his own personal war of terror. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters are according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Halloween,” $31 million. 2. “Superbad,” $15.6 million. 3. “Balls of Fury,” $13.8 million. 4. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” $13.2 million. 5. “Rush Hour 3,” $10.4 million. 6. “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” $8.1 million. 7. “The Nanny Diaries,” $6.4 million. 8. “Death Sentence,” $5.2 million. 9. “War,” $5.1 million. 10. “Stardust,” $3.9 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Released by the Weinstein Co. and MGM, “Halloween” also topped the $29million Labor Day gross for 1999’s “The Sixth Sense,” which had been the biggest-grossing movie over the holiday. That blockbuster ghost story was in its fifth weekend when Labor Day came around. Sony’s comedy “Superbad,” the No. 1 movie the previous two weekends, slipped to second place with $15.6 million, raising its total to $92.4 million. Focus Features’ “Balls of Fury,” a comedy about a washed-up pingpong player recruited by the feds to help bring down a criminal mastermind (Christopher Walken), opened at No. 3 with $13.8million. “Death Sentence,” 20th Century Fox’s revenge thriller starring Kevin Bacon, debuted at No. 8 with $5.2 million. Led by “Halloween,” Hollywood set a new overall record for Labor Day, with the top-12 movies taking in $119.6 million, surpassing the previous high of $106.1 million in 2003. By David Germain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “Halloween” came early and closed Hollywood’s strong summer season with a record-breaking Labor Day weekend debut. Rob Zombie’s new take on John Carpenter’s 1978 horror sensation “Halloween” slashed its way to a $31 million haul over the four-day weekend, surpassing the $20.1 million gross for 2005’s “Transporter 2,” which had held the record for best Labor Day opening. last_img