Most likely because we’re in the darkest, coldest recesses of winter—basically living behind the North Wall à la Game of Thrones—a warmly titled film topped the box office this weekend: Warm Bodies. A zombie love tale between the undead and the living—Romeo and Juliet references abound—the film leaves something to be desired, and it's not love. But hey, that’s January and February releases for you! Even more mediocrity was at the top, with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters casting some kind of spell to woo audiences despite its 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Moving down the list, with David O’ Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook we start getting into Oscar territory, and Jessica Chastain’s films, Mama and Zero Dark Thirty, rounded out the bottom two.
Warm Bodies $19,505,000
Yet another undead-centric feature film, all we hear when someone says this title is the theme from the late-'90s CanCon television show Student Bodies. There's your ear worm for the day.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $9,210,000
In a way, critics have to thank movies such as Hansel & Gretel, as it gives them an outlet to pour forth all sorts of vitriolic anger. Take Stephanie Zacharek’s review, for instance: "What on Earth are Renner and Arterton doing in this godforsaken thing?"
Silver Linings Playbook $8,113,000
Football-themed and Oscar-nominated seems like a clear thematic pick for this past weekend.
Mama $6,730,000 (Total: $58,262,000)
No one saw this strong box office showing coming, but bear in mind PG-13 horror films do tend to do well.
Zero Dark Thirty $5,300,000 (Total: $77,798,000)
First Kathryn Bigelow was snubbed for a Best Director nod and now her lead actress’ other film bumps her down the list. Harsh.
Figures via Box Office Mojo.