"Warm Bodies" did attempt to heat up the box office in what is usually a weak weekend since the Super Bowl takes center stage.
The zombie love story got off to win on Friday with $7 million and ended up as the top film with $19.5 million. It was a weak weekend as expected. The takeaway item is that despite the near $20 million for the top film, the next two numbers were dismal. Meanwhile, people would rather have a "Bullet to the Head," than go to that movie. Sylvester Stallone's latest shows that his star power has faded. Further proof is that this film was released in February. The words blockbuster and Stallone are not compatible these days.
1. "Warm Bodies" - $19.5 million
2. "Hansel and Gretel: With Hunters" - $9.5 million
3. "Silver Linings Playbook" - $8.3 million
4. "Mama" - $6.7 million 5. "Zero Dark Thirty" - $5.3 million
As for "Bullet to the Head,' is No. 6 with $4.5 million. Only one movie in double digits indicated Hollywood threw up the white flag and surrendered to the NFL.
With "Argo" winning the director's award over the weekend, it points toward an Oscar win. That will mean a best director and best picture winner will not come from the same film. However, and "Argo" win in not a sure thing as older Oscar voters most likely will vote for "Lincoln" and perhaps, Steven Spielberg.
This is definitely not a usual award season. Meanwhile "Silver Linings Playbook" could benefit from a split vote. And they have a unique distinction of having a nomination in the four top acting categories. And in its director and best picture and is is loaded. One will be able to see if that film will be hot right away. Since the supporting actor or actress category is one of the first to be award, it can set the tone for the evening.
Also, "Lincoln" has the most nominations going in with 12 and that is usually the indicator of a best picture winner. Again, however, this is not the usual award season. No, back the the recent chart. "Stand Up Guys" has a brutal weekend.
Forget standing, no one even want to sit with these guys. Again, star power faded. Al Pacino failed to pack theaters.No he disclaimer for that film. It was only in 659 theaters. One final note, 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films took in $309,000 on 105 screens.