Warm Bodies Leads Super Bowl Weekend at Friday Box Office

6 years ago by Reg Seeton
Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star in Warm Bodies: Photo: Summit Entertainment

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star in Warm Bodies: Photo: Summit Entertainment

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%.

Warm Bodies

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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Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!