Part romantic comedy, part zombie flick, Warm Bodies could not break out of its niche yet even so, there was nothing even remotely close on top. Hansel and Gretel had a very solid 2nd weekend while Stallone vehicle Bullet to the Head was a career low for the actor at the box office.
On paper Warm Bodies might seem like Twilight with zombies, but based on both critics and viewers alike, is far from that. For starters Warm Bodies doesn’t seem to take itself seriously (which is great considering the silly subject) and presenting the story through the eyes of a zombie, gives it a fresh new twist for the genre. Unfortunately most people out there are not interested in new things so Warm Bodies has to settle for a $19.8 million opening, albeit not bad in any way since I don’t think the film cost all that much. Actually compared to other zombie films, the opening of Warm Bodies ranks 8th all-time in North America. Now the film will probably benefit next week from Valentine’s Day and while we shouldn’t expect a franchise out of this (the film is self-contained), Warm Bodies can already be qualified as a hit.
Another surprising success is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, down just 52.1% from last week with $9.4 million. After 10 days the 3D action-comedy made a total of $34.6 million and looking ahead, I could see as much as $50-55 million when all will be said and done.
Silver Linings Playbook moved up to 3rd place taking $7.7 million for what looks like $80 million so far. Now this looks like another flick that will benefit from Valentine’s Day so it’s a forgone conclusion that it will ultimately finish above $100 million in North America.
Easily the most successful movie of 2013 up to this point, Mama came in at #4 with $6.5 million. The PG-13 horror has $58.1 million in the bank already and $70 million doesn’t seem like a stretch.
Zero Dark Thirty lost a good chunk of steam in 5th, down 46.6% with $5.1 million and $77.6 million overall. This thriller will not make it to $100 million, I can tell you that much.
Finally in 6th we have the latest from Silver Stallone and just like his friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger two weeks ago with The Last Stand ($6.2 million opening, $11.7 million so far), he is trying to bring back 80’s action films. Now that sort of worked with The Expendables, mostly thanks to the great ensemble cast, but when taken apart the wheels stop spinning. Bullet to the Head, Stallone’s flick, opened with a ridiculous $4.5 million, the worst wide debut (over 800 theaters) of his career. Now the ball is in the hands of Bruce Willis and his upcoming A Good Day to Die Hard, maybe the last bastion of R-rated 80’s action films.