In what is typically a slow movie-going weekend, one new film was able to post a very impressive opening weekend box office tally.
In at number 1 for Super Bowl weekend is Warm Bodies (read our review) with $19.5 million. The rom/com with a zombie twist was one of our movies to watch for this month, and it looks like movie-going audiences were equally as interested to see director Jonathan Levine's follow-up to 50/50.
While Warm Bodies might have been filled with a lot of smaller name actors in its lead roles, save for bit parts from Rob Corddry and John Malkovich, the appeal of a zombie film with heart was apparently there. Hopefully the success of the film can convince Summit to keep taking risks with their acquisitions.
At a distant second is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with $9 million. Now up to $34 million in domestic revenue and $96 million worldwide, the film has surpassed its $50 million production budget. Even so we'd be surprised to see Paramount pursue a sequel just yet.
Silver Linings Playbook comes in at number 3 with $8 million, bringing its domestic total up to an even $80 million. The Weinstein Company increased the film's theater count to 2,809 screens this weekend, and its total only dropped 14% from last weekend's. Suffice it to say if there was one awards season winner for box office, Silver Linings is making a great case for itself.
The horror movie Mama is number 4 this weekend with $6 million. We made a comment in a previous box office report about January being a month for horror movies to thrive, and now with $58 million in domestic grosses, Mama has done just that.
In at number 5 is Zero Dark Thirty with $5 million. The hunt for Osama Bin Laden was never going to be an easy sell, but the prestige of Kathryn Bigelow and major critical buzz have seemingly helped this film get to its $77 million domestic total thus far.
Coming in at a disappointing number 6 is Sylvester Stallone's new film Bullet to the Head (read our review). What's even more disappointing than its opening placement, however, is the film's box office take: $4.5 million.
By comparison, that $4.5 million "haul" is nearly $2 million less than the opening weekend tally for Arnold Schwarzenegger's new film The Last Stand ($6.2 million). Maybe there's something about the two aged action stars that has lost its luster, or maybe it's their insistence on retaining their previously held macho personas. Either way, both actors are 0-for-1 in 2013.
The Jason Statham vehicle Parker comes in at number 7 with $3.2 million. A similar situation to the one affecting Stallone and Schwarzenegger appears to have rubbed off on their Expendables co-star, as Parker only earned $12 million over two weeks.
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is the number 8 film with $3 million. It's only a matter of time before Django falls off the top 10, but a $150 million domestic total thus far is enough for the film to go out with its head held high.
Les Misérables is the number 9 film this weekend with $2.43 million. Tom Hooper's musical is now up to $141 million in domestic grosses.
Rounding out the top 10 is Lincoln with $2.41 million, which brings its domestic total up to $170 million. Aside from his summer tentpoles Indiana Jones 4 and War of the Worlds, Lincoln is director Steven Spielberg's highest grossing film since Saving Private Ryan ($216 million) in 2008.
Outside the top 10: Stand Up Guys (read our review) opened on only 659 screens and pulled in $1.5 million. An action comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin should have easily cracked the top 10, but a low theater count and little marketing effort seemingly hurt the film's chances.
[NOTE: These are only Weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, February 4th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo