'Warm Bodies' tops box office with $20mn
New York: The romantic zombie comedy 'Warm Bodies' swarmed the box office on Super Bowl weekend with a 20-million-dollar opening.
According to studio estimates Sunday, on a weekend that Hollywood largely punts to football, the PG-13 film from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment easily led the box office, the New York Post reported.
The Super Bowl always means a significant slide in movie-going on Sunday - studios predict a decrease of as much as 70 percent from Saturday to Sunday - but 'Warm Bodies' still lured many teenage fans.
The film is about a zombie whose love for a human redeems him.
Lionsgate, which also released the 'Twilight' saga, is calling it a "rom-zom-com" for its mix of humor, romance and the supernatural.
The film appealed particularly to females, who made up 60 percent of the audience.
Action films continued to fare poorly in 2013, as Sylvester Stallone's 'Bullet to the Head' opened with just 4.5 million dollars for Warner Bros.
That meant his brawny cohort Arnold Schwarzenegger bested him when his 'The Last Stand' opened with 7.2 million dollars in January.
Last week's top film, Paramount's 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters', dropped to second with 9.2 million dollars on the weekend.
The other debut of note was Lionsgate's 'Stand Up Guys,' which stars Al Pacino and Christopher Walken as veteran gangsters on a last hurrah romp. Though it opened in limited release in 659 theaters, it took in just 1.5 million dollars.
The top 10 box office hit over the weekend are:
1. Warm Bodies - 20 million dollars.
2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - 9.2 million dollars.
3. Silver Linings Playbook - 8.1 million dollars.
4. Mama - 6.7 million dollars.
5. Zero Dark Thirty - 5.3 million dollars.
6. Bullet to the Head - 4.5 million dollars.
7. Parker - 3.2 million dollars.
8. Django Unchained - 3 million dollars.
9. Les Miserables - 2.4 million dollars.
10. Lincoln - 2.4 million dollars.
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