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
“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.
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