Zombie's `Halloween' Scares Up Record $31 Million Debut

"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 dollar haul over the four-day weekend, surpassing the 20.1 million dollar gross for 2005's "Transporter 2," which had held the record for best Labor
Day opening.

Released by the Weinstein Co. and MGM, "Halloween" also topped
the 29 million dollar 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 Number One movie the previous two weekends, slipped to second place with 15.6 million dollars, raising its total to 92.4 million dollars.

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 Number Three with 13.8 million dollars.

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