‘Warm Bodies’ tops US box office

Agence France-Presse
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' returns to the top 10 list
ZOMBIE LOVE STORY. 'Warm Bodies' stars Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult. Image from the 'Warm Bodies' Facebook page

LOS ANGELES, USA – The romantic zombie comedy “Warm Bodies” topped the North American box office on its opening weekend, industry estimates said Sunday, earning more than twice as much as its nearest rival.

“Warm Bodies,” based on Isaac Marion’s book of the same name inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, took a healthy US$20-M in sales.

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“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunt,” a horror movie twist on the classic fairy tale took a distant second, pulling in US$9.2-M.

Oscars season has helped a string of contenders stay in the top 10, with romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” taking 3rd place this week with US$8.1-M in takings, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Horror flick “Mama,” in which a shadowy being trails two young children rescued after being lost in the woods when their parents died, fell from second to 4th place on its 3rd weekend in theaters, with US$6.7-M in sales.

The Oscar-tipped Osama bin Laden manhunt movie “Zero Dark Thirty” slipped to 5th place with US$5.3-M, followed by Sylvester Stallone’s latest effort, “Bullet to the Head,” which opened in 6th place with US$4.5-M.

“Parker,” starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez working together on a heist, fell from 5th to 7th place on its second weekend in theaters, taking US$3.2-M in box office sales.

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked spaghetti Western tribute “Django Unchained,” which last month won two Globes Globes and gained 4 Oscar nominations, was in 8th spot, earning US$3.0-M.

That put it ahead of musical adaptation “Les Miserables,” which took in US$2.44-M, in 9th place.

Rounding out the top 10 was “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s Oscar hopeful starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the revered 19th century US president, which with US$2.41-M re-entered the chart by jumping up one place from 11th last week. – Rappler.com


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