‘Warm Bodies’: Heading for box office win on Super Bowl weekend?

Feb. 01, 2013 | 6:24 a.m.
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Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich star in "Warm Bodies." (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)

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Nicholas Hoult, left, Rob Corddry and Teresa Palmer in "Warm Bodies," which led the weekend box office. (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

“Warm Bodies” — a film about a  zombie who falls in love with a living, breathing teenage girl — opens in theaters this weekend. But does anyone want to see a romantic zombie movie?

Despite the film’s unusual conceit, Keith Simanton, managing editor at IMDB.com, predicted in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times that “Warm Bodies” would win the box office this weekend with about $17.4 million.

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He noted that the 2009 zombie comedy “Zombieland” made $24.7 million its opening weekend — but that it had some bigger names involved, including Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray.

“People had heard that Bill Murray was in it, and that added a cool factor,” he said. “Something like ‘Warm Bodies’ doesn’t have that cachet, so I’m already bumping the per-screen average down.”

“Warm Bodies” stars  “X-Men: First Class” actor Nicholas Hoult  as “R,” a kind of cute zombie who grows more cute and less zombie-like throughout the movie. His love interest, Julie, is played by Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who has a bit of  a Kristen Stewart look.

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Comic actor Rob Corddry plays R’s best friend. John Malkovich, the biggest name in the film, plays Julie’s father.

What do you think? Can a sexy zombie entice you to see this film, or will the stench of decaying flesh keep you away? Tell us in the comments.

–Deborah Netburn


[For the record, Feb. 1, 2013, 12:35 p.m.: A previous version of this post misspelled the last name of IMDB’s Keith Simanton as Simonton.]


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8 Responses to ‘Warm Bodies’: Heading for box office win on Super Bowl weekend?

  1. Justin says:

    Worst movie I have seen in a long time, I went to the premiere. It's sooooo slow, people walked out in the middle of the movie.

    • Jackson says:

      What, you got sick of the opening narration? It's an excellent movie: you just have to be patient. Y'know, I bet you're the kind of person who disses The Lord of the Rings for not having an explosion every five seconds.

  2. jimmy donger says:

    calm down, it wasnt bad.

  3. marina says:

    people clapped at the end at the premier I saw. great movie.loved it.

  4. Sha says:

    It's a comedy, it's not going to please everyone's tastes but I loved it and everyone at the screening I went to loved it as well. It is pretty hilarious, I hope it does great in the box office. It was also a book by the way, which too is pretty awesome

  5. Niko says:

    I loved it. It was funny and I had several aww moments. Saw it with my dad who tears movies apart and he thought it was pretty good. Unfortunately I thought that they took a lot of artistic liberties with the movie. A lot of them were necessary but I loved the book. Over all it was rather enjoyable and I would see it again. When seeing these types of movies you have to remember some movies are meant to be ridiculous and not taken too seriously. Come on a Zombie love story? How can you take that seriously? Just enjoy it for what it is!!! <3

  6. KVic says:

    it was a great movie! i HATE zombies but i read the book 'warm bodies' and its one of the best books ive ever read. the movie had a few changes and the book was definitely better but the movie was amazing and ill definitely be seeing it again. the only people who wouldnt like this movie are the people who are obsessed with zombies and think they are really going to take over the world – people who like zombies just like mindless violence and this movie does not have that! isaac marion put real thought into his book and the world in it, and if more people did that i probably wouldnt hate zombies. as far as people walking out because it was slow – i doubt it. i went to two premieres and everyone laughed the whole time and said 'awww' at a few parts and even jumped when R got shot at the end. everyone applauded at the end for a long time and basically just loved it. its definitely going to win the box office and do really well despite the super bowl. also i wish people would stop comparing it to twilight, they are nothing alike… and also stop comparing teresa palmer to kristen stewart. kristen is a terrible actress and not very pretty…. whereas teresa is amazing and gorgeous! :)

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