The summer movie season held one last shock, as Halloween ambushed the U.S. box office championship.
Director Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 horror classic raked in a record-breaking $31 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend. The previous Labor Day champ, 2005's Transporter 2, took in $20.1 million.
Last weekend's second-place Superbad took in $15.6 million, bringing its total to $92.4 million. Hollywood's top 12 movies registered a $119.6 million box office tally, surpassing the previous Labor Day record of $106.1 million, set in 2003. The industry finished the summer season with a box office total of $4.18 billion since the first weekend in May.
Factoring in higher ticket prices, however, movie attendance did not set a record. Box office tracker Media By Numbers estimates that 610 million tickets were sold, the