Warm Bodies took the top spot at the Friday box office with $8.1 million ahead of the Super Bowl to beat Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters at $2.9 million.
On Friday, the romantic zombie film Warm Bodies earned $8.1 million to lead the Super Bowl weekend movies over Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Silver Linings Playbook in third place with $2.4 million. Should Warm Bodies continue the same momentum through the weekend, industry analysts predict the film will be on track for close to $20 million following Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
In fourth spot on Friday, the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film Mama earned $2.3 million while Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone, took in $1.7 million.
The weak debut of Bullet to the Head with Sylvester Stallone follows on the dismal premiere of Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand, which took in $2 million in its debut earlier this month. The $2.4 million for Silver Linings Playbook puts the David O. Russell directed film over $75 million in domestic sales since its debut on Christmas Day.
At Rotten Tomatoes, critics have Warm Bodies ranked at 76% while fans gave the film a score of 80%.
“Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation. One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft.”
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