Sunday February 03, 2013
Moviegoers Warm to 'Warm Bodies,' Give 'Bullet to the Head' a Bullet to the Head
“Warm Bodies,” the zombie romance and “Twilight” takeoff from Jonathan Levine (“50/50”), opened in 3,009 theaters and grossed more than $19 million. It was the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend. By far. By more than twice its gross.
“Bullet to the Head,” the new Sylvester Stallone shoot-em-up directed by Walter Hill (“48 Hours”), opened in 2,404 theaters and grossed $4.5 million. It finished in sixth place, behind the second weekend of “Hansel and Gretel” ($9 million), the 12th weekend of “Silver Linings Playbook” ($8.1 million), the third weekend of “Mama” ($6.7m) and the seventh weekend of “Zero Dark Thirty” ($5.3 million).
Elsewhere, “Parker,” the Jason Stratham vehicle with J-Lo, continued to die quickly, grossing $3.2 mil for 7th place. In two weekends it's earned $12.4 million. What's a tough guy to do? Study? Be nice to girls?
Meanwhile, Zeitgeist Films blew a shot at some money, opening “Koch” in two theaters the weekend Ed Koch actually died. What you get for thinking small: $40K.
The overall box-office numbers for the best picture nominees, by the way, are fairly impressive:
|MOVIE||DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE|
|Life of Pi||$106,059,000|
|Silver Linings Playbook||$80,378,000|
|Zero Dark Thirty||$77,798,000|
|Beasts of the Southern Wild||$11,756,048|
Five movies over $100 million? With shots for SLP and ZDT to make that mark, too? So 7 of 9. Wasn't that the name of the busty Borg on that latter-day “Star Trek” show? Yes, it was.
But none of these Oscar nominees are going to be top 10 for the year. Recontinuing the tradition.
Revenge may never get old but action stars do. Just ask Arnold.