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It will be Halloween in September at the North American boxoffice this weekend. Director Rob Zombie's R-rated remake of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic, from Dimension Films and released through MGM, easily claimed the top spot Friday, the first day of the four-day holiday weekend, taking in an estimate of nearly $11 million in 3,472 theaters.

With that momentum, it should easily set a new Labor Day weekend record, racing ahead of the current record-holder, Transporter 2, which bowed to $20.1 million over four days in 2005.

The PG-13 comedy Balls of Fury, the Rogue Pictures release from Focus Features which debuted nationwide on Wednesday, took in an estimated $3.4 million on Friday for a third place showing.

20th Century Fox's R-rated revenge tale Death Sentence, directed by James Wan and starring Kevin Bacon, didn't establish much traction. Its Friday bow returned an estimated $1.4 million, which left it in eighth place for the day.

Rounding out the top five, Sony Pictures' Superbad, at the start of its third weekend, scored $3.4 million to secure a second-place slot.

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