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“Halloween” Remake Brings Audiences to the Box Office

MGM/Weinstein’s Halloween, a Rob Zombie remake of the hit 1978 horror film of the same name, debuted in a comfortable, and quite strong, first place with an estimated $10.95 million from 3,472 theaters.

Though largely panned by critics (20% at Rotten Tomatoes), the movie going public obviously wasn’t deterred. This better than expected opening day could mean an above average weekend tally of around $25-28 million, plus another $4-5 million on Labor Day. All dependent of course on its Saturday performance.

Weinstein needed this hit, as the studio has had an otherwise terrible year at the box office, with really only one movie making any sort of dent in box office receipts (1408 — $71.14 million total domestic take).

There were two other new releases, and neither made much of an impression on the public. In third place was Rogue Pictures’ Balls of Fury (which opened on Wednesday). It took in $3.37 million from 3,052 theaters on Friday, pushing its three day tally to $6.34 million. That left Fox’s Death Sentence in eighth place with an estimated $1.35 million from 1,822 theaters.

Moving to the holdovers, Superbad dropped out of the top spot and landed in second place with an estimated $3.47 million from an expanded 3,002 theaters. The Judd Apatow produced comedy has raked in $80.30 million through 15 days of release. Despite debuting stronger than the other Apatow comedy Knocked Up ($33.05 million vs. $30.69 million) Superbad is now running neck and neck with Knocked Up, which had grossed $80.45 million through the same 15 day timeframe. It’s third Friday was also stronger ($4.51 million). But that’s about all the criticism I can lay on the movie, which has accomplished much with its tiny budget of only $20 million.

Fourth place went to The Bourne Ultimatum with an estimated $2.57 million from 3,290 theaters. It’s taken in an impressive $191.99 million through 29 days of release and continues to pace well ahead of its predeccessor which had grossed only $145.84 million up to this same point in time.

Rounding out the top five was Rush Hour 3 in fifth place with an estimated $2.11 million from 3,008 theaters. The buddy comedy has taken in $113.92 million through 22 days of release. For a comedy, this current tally isn’t all that bad, but when you factor in its rather large budget ($140 million) and other deals ($25 million salary and 20% of gross for Tucker; $15 million salary and 15% of gross for Chan; $5 million salary and 5% of gross for director Ratner) you quickly realize it has to make a good deal more money before it ever becomes profitable for New Line.

Mr. Bean’s Holiday took sixth place with an estimated $1.56 million from 1,765 theaters, pushing its eight day total to $14.56 million. No worries for Universal though, what with the film’s amazing overseas performance ($189.25 million) already making it quite profitable for them.

Seventh place went to The Nanny Diaries (also in its eighth day of release) with an estimated $1.44 million from 2,636 theaters ($11.59 million total).

Another one of last week’s openers, War, took ninth place with an estimated $1.02 million from 2,277 theaters ($13.85 million through eight days of release).

And lastly, in 10th place, was Stardust. The poorly marketed fantasy/fairytale added only $770,000 on Friday, pushing its 22 day total to $28.78 million.

That’s all for Friday’s box office. Be sure to check back on Sunday to view the complete top 10 grossing films of the weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo