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"Warm Bodies" opens as No. 1 in North America box office

English.news.cn   2013-02-04 03:07:41            

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- "Warm Bodies" became the top grossing film at the North America box office over the Super Bowl weekend, Sunday estimates showed.

The Summit Entertainment's supernatural romantic comedy, which was adapted from the 2011 book of the same name, debuted in 3,009 locations in the United States and Canada on Friday with 8.1 million U.S. dollars in ticket sales. The film is estimated to roll up 20 million dollars from Friday to Sunday, quite enough for it to sit atop the box office derby.

The R-rated zombie romance, directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Nicholas Hoult, follows how a zombie regained consciousness and falls in love with a human girl in a post- apocalyptic wasteland. The flick, which appeals mainly to female moviegoers, received a "B+" CinemaScore.

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," which was No. 1 over the last weekend, was reduced to the second place with an estimated 9. 2-million-dollar weekend. The Paramount R-rated 3D fairy tale pic, starring Jeremy Renner, is on track to gross 34.5 million dollars for two weeks in exhibition.

"Silver Linings Playbook," which received multiple nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, maintained the No. 3 placing which it carried from the last weekend and took in 8.1 million dollars in tickets. The Weinstein Company's dark comedy is on track to gross 80.4 million dollars over 12 weeks in theaters.

Finishing No. 4 is Jessica Chastain's vehicle "Mama," a PG-13 rated supernatural thriller which is estimated to rope in 6.7 million dollars. The Universal film is estimated to gross 58.3 million dollars in ticket sales over 3 weeks.

Standing as No. 5 is "Zero Dark Thirty," also starring Chastain, with a 5.3-million-dollar gate. The Sony/Columbia actioner, which follows the United States' decade-long pursuit of al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, is projected to gross 77.8 million dollars over 7 weeks.

"Bullet to the Head," starring Sylvester Stallone as the weekend's only other wide opener, finished No. 6 with 4.5 million dollars. It is the third R-rated actioner in a row to fall flat at the North America box office after Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand" and Jason Statham's "Parker." The Warner Bros. action film, which hit 2,404 theaters, received a "B-" CinemaScore.

Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend are "Parker" (3.2 million dollars), "Django Unchained" (3 million), "Les Miserables" (2.4 million) and "Lincoln" (2.4 million).

Editor: yan
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