Rob Zombie’s Halloween Sets Labor Day Record

It appears people WERE ready for Rob Zombie to remake John Carpenter’s seminal slasher movie “Halloween” after all, if the remake’s box office take over the Labor Day weekend is any indication. According to Variety, “Halloween” debuted with an impressive $26.5 million from 3,472 theaters through Sunday. Impressive because horror movies, especially those rated R, just don’t do that well in wide release. “Halloween” has already surpassed the previous Labor Day record holder, the Jason Statham actioner “Transporter 2”, which scored $20.1 million two years ago.

The former box office king, the teen comedy “Superbad” continues its strong run at #2 with $12.2 million, while the ping pong sports-comedy “Balls of Fury” did respectable business with $11.6 million in its debut.

Unfortunately for Kevin Bacon, his latest film, “Death Warrant”, only managed a weak $4.2 million in its debut.