‘Warm Bodies’ has hot weekend: $20 million

Feb. 04, 2013 | 8:42 a.m.

Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich star in "Warm Bodies." (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)

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

“Warm Bodies” defied box office expectations and staggered to a $20-million box office haul.

The box office prospects for the zom-rom-com were unclear heading into the weekend. (A romantic film starring zombies?!? Would you want to kiss someone who ate brains for a living?) And, of course, it was Super Bowl weekend.

Turns out not everyone was fixated on football, beer and chicken wings this weekend.

Super Bowl Sunday: ‘Clean up those zombies. Now.’

IMDB’s Keith Simanton told Hero Complex that he had predicted “Warm Bodies” would win the weekend box office with a $17.4-million draw. He was right — the film won the weekend — but with a few extra millions to spare.

“Warm Bodies” distributor Summit Entertainment told the Los Angeles Times the movie cleared $20 million, a number that could potentially shift higher once Sunday afternoon and evening ticket sales are tallied.

As for any concern about a zombie as a romantic lead, that was likely a media-made myth. A quick scan of Twitter turned up all the evidence needed to prove that women (especially those in the biz) would like to get busy with a zombie.

Singer Rydel Lynch tweeted, “Warm bodies is seriously amazing! I’m marrying a zombie.” Performer Alyssa Bernal tweeted, “Warm bodies was the cutest. Makes me want a zombie boyfriend. Glad I’m dating an actor. Haha”

Probably didn’t hurt that the zombie was Nicholas Hoult.

Did you see “Warm Bodies”? Thoughts?

– Rene Lynch

@renelynch

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5 Responses to ‘Warm Bodies’ has hot weekend: $20 million

  1. Richard says:

    Reminds me vaguely of a film from the early 90's, "My Boyfriend's Back" which
    deals with a guying coming back from the dead to woo a girl.

  2. Kaye Dacus says:

    Saw it Friday night with my girlfriends (we're all over 30)—cutest romantic comedy I've seen since the era of You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.

  3. daniel says:

    I'm glad that filmmakers are trying to do something new with this genre; I love a good zombie flick even when it's the standard story, but even if Warm Bodies doesn't do the trick for everyone, it's a good sign that folks are getting creative — that the phrase 'zom-com' exists now is almost worth it regardless. I think it's also an indicator that horror films in general are looking for new audiences again; with Twilight coming to a close, studios are risking more original fare in efforts to break out a new franchise. If you like this stuff, check this out: http://vimeo.com/35665030 completely different take on zombies.

  4. Maddy says:

    I saw it with my boyfriend for my 20th birthday since I hate the fact that the super bowl lands on it every now and then. It was a very cute movie and had very nice songs to go along with. Nothing too popy and big. But just some nice song choices that you dont hear too often. Good actors and story. I would most likely buy the DVD in a few months.

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