Tyler Mane As Killer Michael Meyers
Moving on to the week's other notable wide releases:
The comedy Balls Of Fury (reviews) got a head start by opening on Wednesday. Based on every stitch of the film that I have seen, it looks really really dumb. How in the world did the producers ever convince the great Christopher Walken to appear in the film?
Death Sentence (reviews) is the latest film by director James Wan--who helped give birth to the Saw film franchise. Kevin Bacon looks like a total badass in the movie...Based on author Brian Garfield's sequel novel to Death Wish that also inspired a classic film), starring the late great Charles Bronson...
Pamela McClintock and Dave McNary of Variety:
Dimension Film's Rob Zombie-helmed "Halloween" will try this weekend to scare up the last rays of summer B.O. sunshine, with the record-breaking box office expected to cross the $4 billion mark today for the first time ever in summer, if it hadn't already done so Thursday night.
R-rated remake of John Carpenter's 1978 classic horror pic will compete with Rogue Pictures' PG-13 laffer "Balls of Fury," which opened Wednesday to $1.7 million.
The Labor Day frame has never been a big moviegoing holiday and has largely become a landing place for genre fare and smaller titles, with studios having packed up their tentpoles and headed inside for the fall and winter. But studios have plenty to celebrate over the holiday.
Overall, summer box office receipts were roughly $3,993,886,113 as of Thursday morning, about $6.1 million shy of $4 billion, according to Rentrak. The season is running 8% ahead of summer 2006 and, more significantly, 4% ahead of 2004, the previous summer record-holder.
Total B.O. receipts were $3.86 billion for summer 2004 and $3.73 billion for the season last year.
Dimension and distrib partner MGM open "Halloween" on 3,472 locations today. Pic stars Malcolm McDowell and Brad Dourif.
Rogue's "Balls of Fury," directed by actor Ben Garant, plays in 3,052 locations this weekend. Film, about a down-and-out professional pingpong player, stars Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken and George Lopez.
Other wide debuts include revenge drama "Death Sentence," which 20th Century Fox is distributing under its deal with Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment. "Saw" helmer James Wan directed the pic, which stars Kevin Bacon and Aisha Tyler. Producing with Amritraj are Howard and Karen Baldwin. Film opens in 1,822 locations...
Read the entire article here.
Nicole Sperling of Entertainment Weekly:
With a huge theater count, Rob Zombie's horror remake figures to walk off with more box-office candy than challenger ''Balls of Fury''...
Summer turns to Fall at the cineplex next week, as Christian Bale faces off against Russell Crowe in the ultra-cool looking remake of 310 To Yuma!
I've been working on some special posts for Labor Day weekend. Make sure you check 'em out!