The new romantic comedy with zombies, “Warm Bodies,” easily took the number one spot during the Feb. 1-3 Super Bowl weekend, while Sylvester Stallone’s latest misfired. According to Box Office Mojo, “Warm Bodies” took in $19.5 million during a weekend that is usually slow as people prepare for the big game.
The film, released by Summit Entertainment, takes a new spin on the “Romeo and Juliet” story. R, a very unusual zombie, is a zombie who wants to connect to people. But he can’t – he’s dead and what he says come out as mumbles. One day, he rescues a beautiful girl named Julie and the two begin to form a relationship. Suddenly, R begins to feel like a human again.
The only other new release, “Bullet to the Head,” had a very poor debut in sixth place, earning only $4.5 million. The new Stallone action flick also marks a return for director Walter Hill (“The Warriors”), who hadn’t directed a feature length film since 2002’s “Undisputed.”
Last week’s champion, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” dropped 53% to number two, earning $9.2 million. Its total now stands at $34.4 million.
Two Best Picture contenders and a horror film completed the weekend’s top five list. “Silver Linings Playbook” went up a spot to number three with $8.1 million, bringing its total to $80.3 million. “Zero Dark Thirty” came in at number five with $5.3 million, bringing its total to $77.7 million. “Mama,” in its third week of release, came in fourth with $6.7 million, bringing its total to $58.2 million.
The two biggest drops this weekend came from the all star comedy, “Movie 43,” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand.”
In its second week of release, “Movie 43” fell 65.7% to number 15 with $1.6 million. Its total is now at $7.7 million. Schwarzenegger’s new action film, in its third week of release, fell 87.7% to number 27 with just $265,000. Its total now stands at just $11.6 million. The film was budgeted at $45 million.