To be honest, I really thought Labor Day was going to go to Gamer. Turns out I was wrong, as the film didn't even qualify for the top three box office contenders. Horror remained king over the weekend with New Line's The Final Destination once again taking the top spot with $15.4 million. Halloween II didn't hold so well, dropping 66% in its second frame to earn $7.1 million; placing it sixth on the top earners over the holiday.
Box Office Bout: The Final Destination Holds Onto Labor Day
Stepping back up into second was TWC's Inglourious Basterds, which continues to show strong legs by taking in $15 million in its third frame. Another box office booster was All About Steve, the romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock. Considering that the word on the street is that the film is horrible, Fox is giving credit to their star for the film's box office prowess.
"Sandra sells tickets, there's no question," said Fox senior vp Bert Livingston. "But it's the end of the summer, and this year it's the latest the Labor Day weekend can possibly be. So that affects your grosses, though we are very happy with this number."
With the top ten films bringing in $96 million over the weekend, 2009 has officially seen a new box office high over summer; continuing the six-year trend of increased ticket sales at the box office over the warmer season.