The remake of â€œHalloweenâ€ broke box office records this past Labour Day weekend in America. Directed by Rob Zombie and starring Tyler Mane as the psychopathic slasher Michael Myers, â€œHalloweenâ€ made an amazing $31 million dollars over the course of the Friday to Monday long weekend. That beats the former record holder for Labor Day weekend, â€œTransporter 2â€, which earned $20.1 million dollars over the same three-day time period two years ago. The original â€œHalloweenâ€, which was directed by John Carpenter and premiered in 1978, made $47 million dollars in its day. The highest grossing movie in the â€œHalloweenâ€ franchise was 1997â€™s â€œHalloween: H20â€ in which Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her role as Michaelâ€™s sister, Laurie Stroud. That film went on to make $55 million.
Zombieâ€™s â€œHalloweenâ€ is slightly different than the original film. The hard rocker-turned-horror film auteur fleshed out the background story of young Michael Myers and spends considerable time showing the horrible family abuse that he suffered through before becoming a killer. Mane, a 6-foot-8 former professional wrestler, made his movie debut playing the antagonist of Wolverine in â€œX-Menâ€. To help him prepare for playing Michael Myers, Mane watched seven of the eight â€œHalloweenâ€ movies so that he could better understand the motivations of the character.