Saturday, September 8, 2007

‘Halloween’ Breaks New Release Record For U.S. Labor Day Holiday Weekend With $26.5M

It should be duly noted that not only did Halloween break the new release record for U.S. Labor Day Holiday weekend, it had the biggest horror opening of the year, beating out Disturbia and 1408. That doesn’t mean much, it’s been a bad year for horror when it comes to major theatrical releases.

( via COMTEX News Network) —

September 4, 2007 (FinancialWire) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s re-imaging of the classic slasher movie “Halloween’ broke the record for a new release during the U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend with $26.5 million, followed by Sony Corp.’s (NYSE: SNE) Columbia Pictures’ teen comedy “Superbad,” which slipped to the No. 2 spot with $12.2 million and a total haul of $89 million.

“Halloween” distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has said that it expects its film will hit $30 million when sales for the Monday holiday are included.

The three-day sum smashes the $16.5 million Labor Day opening record set two years ago by “Transporter 2,” which added $3.6 million on Monday. The all-time record for the four-day period is $29.3 million set by 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” in its fifth weekend.

“Halloween,” which cost $15 million to make, is the eighth film to be spun off from John Carpenter’s 1978 original and focuses on the grim childhood of its villain, Michael Myers.

Quite frankly, Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” wasn’t that good… so, I went back five years to see what the previous top movies of the Labor Day long weekend were.

2006 - Crank (Widescreen Edition)

2005 - The Transporter 2 (Widescreen Edition)

2004 - Vanity Fair (2004) (Full Screen)

2003 - Jeepers Creepers 2 (Special Edition)

2002 - Fear Dot Com (Ws Sub Dol)

Not too impressive, I guess Labor Day weekend is about crappy horror and Jason Statham movies.

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