The Wildcats rallied.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year overcame a weak Halloween night to gross $15 million for the weekend, and remain atop the box-office standings, per studio estimates compiled today by Exhibitor Relations.
Elsewhere, Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno enjoyed the optimal Kevin Smithian debut ($10.7 million), while the Clint Eastwood-directed Angelina Jolie mystery, Changeling, enjoyed the best theater-for-theater performance of any film in wide release ($9.4 million).
Most of the other numbers were scary.
Both HSM3 and Saw V ($10.1 million) saw business nosedive more than 60 percent from last weekend.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley ($6 million) , featuring Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, was about as widely appealing as a CW show, which is to say it wasn't. (On the other hand, the teen flick only cost about $5 million to produce.)
After three successful weeks in limited release, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla endured an unsuccessful week in wide release ($1.8 million).
Overall, ticket sales for the top movies were down nearly 40 percent from the same weekend last year. Things would have been worse for if HSM3, which grossed only $1.7 million on Friday, hadn't rebounded with an $8.3 million Saturday.
If Hollywood is thankful trick-or-treating only lasts one night, it's probably even more thankful holiday movie season arrives next weekend.
Here's a look at the hits—and misses—of the just-completed fall box office:
Here's a recap of the top-grossing weekend films based on Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations: