Feb. 04, 2013 | 8:42 a.m.
“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 […]
Feb. 01, 2013 | 1:10 p.m.
“Warm Bodies” is getting a warm reception from critics with its head-turning girl-meets-boy-zombie premise. It remains to be seen whether moviegoers will agree. Also unclear: Whether Super Bowl Sunday will hurt or help “Warm Bodies’ ” box office. (Hard to believe, but not everyone looks forward to a weekend dominated by beer, chicken wings and football.) But early reviews by some of the nation’s top media critics suggest audiences will be taken with “Warm Bodies’ ” surprisingly sentimental mash-up. Photos: Monster love Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey says writer-director Jonathan Levine strikes the right tone in the horror-meets-romance film starring Nicholas Hoult as a slacker undead and Teresa Palmer as a human who somehow warms his cold soul: “… in doing a little genre bending of romantic schmaltz and horror cheese — some fundamental zombie mythology is turned on its head — […]
Feb. 01, 2013 | 12:36 p.m.
Can a zombie be a convincing romantic lead? The filmmakers behind “Warm Bodies” are banking on it. The film, opening in theaters today, tells the unlikely tale of a brain-eating zombie named “R,” who falls in love with a real, live girl. Vampires, with their pale good looks, are inherently sexy, and werewolves have a certain animal magnetism. But there wouldn’t seem to be much to love about a brain-dead, decaying corpse that snacks on human flesh. Still, it turns out there is a cinematic precedent for zombie films with a romantic twist. “It has happened before, but it is almost always in comedies,” said Kyle Bishop, a professor at Southern Utah University and author of “American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.” Top 10 zombie movies at the box office “It […]
Feb. 01, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.
Despite infecting every aspect of popular culture — television, video games, classic literature, CDC jokes — zombie movies have historically under-performed at the box office compared with the highs reached by other horror or supernatural films, failing to reach the haunted heights of “The Sixth Sense,” the demonic returns of “The Exorcist,” or the J-horror-inspired returns of “The Ring.” For films featuring the undead, there’s no “Pirates of the Caribbean” to banish memories of “Cutthroat Island’s” poor returns, no “Dark Knight” to chase away memories of “Batman & Robin.” Out of all of the films featuring zombies as a central element, not a single entry has brought in more than $100 million domestically, unless you’re willing to lump all of the “Resident Evil” films into one unbearable movie. And the latest addition to the genre, the creepy romantic comedy “Warm […]
Feb. 01, 2013 | 6:24 a.m.
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. Top 10 zombie movies at the boxoffice 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 […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 12:47 p.m.
Angsty teenage love may be as old as Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters, but with the star-crossed lover motif getting a makeover (often introducing elements of the supernatural) in the last few years from novelists Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Hollywood has been stalking the young adult book market with the ferocity of a jilted lover. One result is a pileup at the box office this season of female-driven stories with strong-willed protagonists battling zombies, witches and aliens while wrestling with their own overwrought emotions. In the next three months Summit Entertainment, Open Road Films and Warner Bros. will, respectively, release three movies targeting this voracious crowd: “Warm Bodies,” “The Host” and “Beautiful Creatures.” But with so many fighting for attention, will there be enough audience adoration to go around? “What I think we have going for us is I […]