‘Halloween’ Scares Off Box-Office Competition, ‘Superbad’ Bounces ‘Balls Of Fury’

'Bourne Ultimatum' crosses $200 million finish line to cap off record-breaking summer.

The Box Office Top Five

#1 “Halloween” ($31 million)
#2 “Superbad” ($15.6 million)
#3 “Balls of Fury” ($13.8 million)
#4 “The Bourne Ultimatum” ($13.1 million)
#5 “Rush Hour 3″ ($10.4 million)

Like its most iconic villains, the horror film seems to have once again risen from the grave, ready to slash all those who stand in its path.

In a year when several high-profile horror flicks, such as “Hostel 2″ and “Captivity,” flopped miserably at the box office, Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” managed to put an exclamation point at the end of an already record-breaking summer, earning $31 million over the four-day holiday. The scarily big haul smashed the previous Labor Day record ($20.1 million for 2005′s “Transporter 2″) by more than 50 percent.

The franchise reboot comes nearly three full decades after the original “Halloween” opened in 1978. After all those years — and all those victims — we have to hand it to Michael Myers, who is clearly still at the top of his game.

Meanwhile, “Balls of Fury” finished in third place with a scant $13.8 million. Pardon us, but the take is something of a joke for a movie that stars the hilarious Dan Fogler and Christopher Walken.

The rest of the top five are a group of summer holdovers. In second place, “Superbad” continued its trek to certified blockbuster status, earning $15.6 million in its third weekend for a mighty $92 million total. No fake ID required: One more frame like this and it’ll join the $100 million big boy’s club. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” meanwhile, crossed $200 million, becoming the most-attended film of the Bourne franchise.

Among other new releases, “Death Sentence,” starring Kevin Bacon and John Goodman, came in eighth place with $5.2 million.

How’d We Do?

Nobody we know has been more into “Halloween” these last few months than our colleague Larry Carroll (seriously, you should see his office), so it’s only fitting that he won the weekend pool by correctly predicting Rob Zombie’s fright fest would murder the competition (see “Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ Could Slash Competition — But Christopher Walken Has ‘Balls,’ In Projection Booth ). While his guess was a tad low, it was nevertheless close enough to nab the crown. Incidentally, this is the first lead he’s had on movies editor Josh Horowitz since last year. We feel we have to point things like this out lest he get a swelled head.

Prognosticator (Weeks Won)

Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies editor (1)
Larry Carroll, MTV News writer (2)
Celebrity guest (1)

Next Week

It’ll be a dark night for competitors when the “Dark Knight” himself steps to the plate. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe team up for “3:10 to Yuma,” a Western remake from “Walk the Line” director James Mangold that some are already hailing as a masterpiece. One film we’re calling a masterpiece (with tongues only slightly in cheek) is “Shoot ‘Em Up,” Michael Davis’ kinetic roller coaster, starring Clive Owen as the hero, “Mr. Smith.” But long after Clive Owen is forgotten, centuries past when anybody can name Christian Bale, in a time when Russell Crowe is nothing more than a footnote to history, Buzz Aldrin will be remembered. The former astronaut (and model for MTV’s Moonman!) is among several heroes who recount their experience traveling in space for “In the Shadow of the Moon.”

Check out everything we’ve got on “Halloween,” “Balls of Fury” and “Death Sentence.”

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