Halloween Slashes the Competition

Spooks Superbad out of top spot as moviegoers cap record summer
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2007 4:36 PM CDT

(Newser) – Moviegoers basked in the glow of Halloween a month early this year, shocking the movie biz by capping the fastest $4 billion in Hollywood summer history. Rob Zombie’s horror remake topped the weekend box office with a record $26.5 million, scaring two-time champ Superbad out of first place - yet the teen romp scored another $11.6 million, totaling $89 million in three weeks.

Martial arts parody Balls of Fury kicked in at third with $11.6 million, while Kevin Bacon’s thriller Death Sentence flatlined at eighth place with $4.2 million. Lionsgate's stylish heist film Ladron que roba a ladron raked in an estimated $1.5 million. ThinkFilm’s specialty title about a troubled Las Vegas teen, Self-Medicated, earned a mere $36,179 in 16 theaters. (Read more Hollywood stories.)