'Warm Bodies' Heats Up the Weekend Box Office with a $20M Haul

For the second consecutive weekend, a movie led the box office with a $19M take, only this time, it was the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies that clobbered the competition and shuffled like an undead warrior to the top of the box office charts.
 
An adaptation of a popular YA novel, Bodies puts a fresh spin on the classic Romeo and Juliet story. The picture was carried by up-and-coming stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, and likely cashed in on the moviegoing audience’s continued interest in zombie storytelling. 
 
Statistics show that Bodies also benefitted from a teenage audience seeking an alternate to the defunct Twilight Saga, which opened its last chapter in November. Add in the roughly $500,000 that Bodies collected in Thursday evening screenings, and the horror comedy crossed the $20M mark (if estimates hold), and could continue to collect as teenagers look for something sweet and funny to enjoy together over Valentine’s Day.  
 
After leading the pack, Hansel and Gretel dropped to second place with a modest $9.2M weekend pull. It has pushed its overall cume to $34M … though that’s against a reported $50M production budget. 
 
Every other film on the Top 10 chart only posted single-digit million totals. The Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook continued to pad its totals, collecting $8.1M to cross the $80M mark.
 
And Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet to the Head, which marked his continuation as an aging action star, limped to a $4.5M opening. Terrible. Much like Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Last Stand, audiences seem to be saying that they are not interested in these once-giant action stars in standalone thrillers. (The Expendables movies are the exceptions that prove the rule.) 
 
That doesn’t bode well for the fifth Die Hard movie, heading to theaters on Feb. 14. Can Bruce Willis top his former Planet Hollywood partners? We shall see.
 
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
 
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
 
1. Warm Bodies, $19.5M, $20M
 
2. Hansel and Gretel, $9.2M, $34.4M
 
3. Silver Linings Playbook, $8.1M, $80.3M 
 
4. Mama, $6.7M, $58.2M
 
5. Zero Dark Thirty, $5.3M, $77.7M
 
6. Bullet to the Head, $4.5M
 
7. Parker, $3.2M, $12.4M
 
8. Django Unchained, $3M, $150.9M
 
9. Les Miserables, $2.4M, $141.5M 
 
10. Lincoln, $2.4M, $170.7M
 
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