By Bill Wine
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On another cold, slow weekend at multiplexes, Warm Bodies was the hottest ticket.
The zombie romantic comedy earned an estimated $20 million in its debut to finish well ahead of the competition.
That dropped last weekend’s box-office leader – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – to second place. It took in $9 million.
The Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook was third with $8 million.
As for the weekend’s two other new mainstream releases, Bullet to the Head, the action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, earned just over $4 million, good for sixth place, while Stand Up Guys, the crime comedy with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, took in under $2 million and failed to crack the top ten.
Box office expectations are always low on Super Bowl weekend, but this year industry totals were even lower than usual and much lower than a year ago.