Nicholas Hoult stars as "R" in the new zombie rom-com, "Warm Bodies."Link
Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult in "Warm Bodies." (Summit Entertainment)Link
"Daily Show" favorite Rob Corddry play's "R"'s good buddy.Link
Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich star in "Warm Bodies." (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)Link
Nicholas Hoult, left, Rob Corddry and Teresa Palmer in "Warm Bodies," which led the weekend box office. (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)Link
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.
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.
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.
[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.]