Weekend Box Office

1) Halloween $31 million

2) Superbad $15.6 million

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3) Balls of Fury $13.8 million

4) The Bourne Ultimatum $13.1 million

5) Rush Hour 3 $10.3 million

6) Mr. Bean's Holiday $8.1 million

7) The Nanny Diaries $6.3 million

8) Death Sentence $5.2 million

9) War $5.1 million

10) Stardust $3.9 million

There were high-fives all around Rob Zombie's Labor Day Bar-B-Que tonight. His fanciful reimagining of John Carpenter's seminal horror classic Halloween scared up big bucks, bringing in $31 million and marking a new holiday weekend record. Despite the off seasonal appeal of its title, people were seriously looking for some scares over the last couple of days.

Superbad continued its box office reign, pulling in $15.6 million to come in second at the box office. The second Judd Apatow offering this summer is doing a lot better than Knocked Up did back in June. Hopefully, we'll see the continued adventures of Seth and Evan sometime in the future. At least we'll have Apatow's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story until that happens.

This weekend's other big releases didn't fare so badly under the withering heat wave that has crippled us all. Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon's Balls of Fury garnered the third place spot with $13.8 million. It seems that people like to watch ping-pong a lot more than they like to watch revenge. James Wan's Death Sentence debuted in the number eight spot with a weak $5.2 million opening. This action shoot'em up failed to garner much attention despite good word of mouth.

Next week, Mike Myers and the Superbad kids are going to have to go toe to toe with Hatchet, 3:10 to Yuma, and Shoot 'Em Up. Having seen all three, I can tell you that it's going to be a bloody brawl at the box office.

B. Alan Orange