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Weekend Box Office Report: February 1-3, 2013

Feb. 3, 2013by: Dave Davis

Warm Bodies, Warmer Box Office!

The air outside may be chilly, but the zombie romance WARM BODIES got a fairly warm reception on an otherwise shambling box office weekend, taking the top spot with $20 million (which includes a Thursday night preview).

For a zombie-themed movie, it's behind the openings of ZOMBIELAND ($24.7M), the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake ($26.7M) and all of the RESIDENT EVIL sequels, but WARM BODIES is admittedly not a "traditional" zombie movie. Its #1 opening may also help boost the recognition factor of star Nicholas Hoult, who again has the lead role in next month's big-budget fairy tale JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, directed by his X-MEN: FIRST CLASS producer Bryan Singer.

Speaking of the walking dead, Sylvester Stallone's leading man status appears destined for the grave as his new R-rated action flick BULLET TO THE HEAD placed sixth with just $4.5 million. Despite higher placing on the chart, Stallone's movie opened with even less than fellow creaky action veteran Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent THE LAST STAND ($6.3M). Seems like at this point, their best bets may be an existing franchise like THE TERMINATOR or an ensemble like THE EXPENDABLES. So don't be too surprised if Sly prioritizes another RAMBO...

Jason Statham is also feeling the same sting as his EXPENDABLES comrade, with PARKER getting punched down to seventh with with another $3.2 million (although for action stars, it seems like staying on the chart for two weeks in a row is an accomplishment these days).

Last weekend's top movie HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS dropped into second with $9.2 million (it's already nearing $100 million worldwide), while SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK hangs onto the #3 spot for the third week in a row (and after three months in release), keeping ahead of the Jessica Chastain one-two punch of MAMA and ZERO DARK THIRTY.

DJANGO UNCHAINED is still riding the trail at #8, LES MISERABLES actually moved up a space since last weekend, and Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN pokes his stovepipe hat back onto the list after slipping from view last week, meaning half the Top 10 are Oscar nominees for Best Picture (although current award darling ARGO also surged this week, and is now hanging just out of view at #11).

Outside the chart, MOVIE 43 made a swift exit after one week, taking GANGSTER SQUAD and BROKEN CITY along with it. The new Walken/Arkin/Pacino crime comedy STAND UP GUYS made a feeble $1.5 million on 659 screens, yet still managed to score a higher per-screen average than Stallone's latest.

Next weekend brings the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy R-rated comedy IDENTITY THIEF, and the psychological thriller SIDE EFFECTS, which may be the last theatrical release from purportedly retiring director Steven Soderbergh (he still has HBO's Liberace movie on the way). Additionally, a 3D and IMAX reissue of TOP GUN is shooting up 300 screens for a single week, and the oddball comedy A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III begins its limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Warm Bodies $20 M
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2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $9.2 M $34.4 M
3. Silver Linings Playbook $8.1 M $80.3 M
4. Mama $6.7 M $58.2 M
5. Zero Dark Thirty $5.3 M $77.7 M
6. Bullet to the Head $4.5 M
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7. Parker $3.2 M $12.4 M
8. Django Unchained $3 M $150.9 M
9. Les Miserables $2.4 M $141.5 M
10. Lincoln $2.4 M $170.7 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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8:21PM on 02/04/2013

Misreading the target audience

It seems post-Sandy Hook people aren't interested in watching a movie in which the hero saves the day by shooting everyone around him.
It seems post-Sandy Hook people aren't interested in watching a movie in which the hero saves the day by shooting everyone around him.
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9:11AM on 02/04/2013
And now we know why January and February are the worst months for movie releases.
And now we know why January and February are the worst months for movie releases.
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8:40AM on 02/04/2013

dont blame the SuperBowl

Sly had all day friday and saturday to scrape together a decent showing. even if you remove sunday altogether, thats less than $3M a day. behind movies that have been around since Christmas. im an action fan going back to the 70s but if youre going to sell me a juiced up old man as an action hero, he better come with a solid script and supporting cast. not getting that here or in Last Stand. they need to return to franchises or hold out for stronger vehicles. and Sly has NO excuse, as he can
Sly had all day friday and saturday to scrape together a decent showing. even if you remove sunday altogether, thats less than $3M a day. behind movies that have been around since Christmas. im an action fan going back to the 70s but if youre going to sell me a juiced up old man as an action hero, he better come with a solid script and supporting cast. not getting that here or in Last Stand. they need to return to franchises or hold out for stronger vehicles. and Sly has NO excuse, as he can write his own damn films.
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7:35AM on 02/04/2013
Seriously, 70-year-old action stars do NOT appeal to younger movie goers. Yes if you were around during Stallone's reign you like having the throw back but that kind of movie is never going to make a ton of money.
Seriously, 70-year-old action stars do NOT appeal to younger movie goers. Yes if you were around during Stallone's reign you like having the throw back but that kind of movie is never going to make a ton of money.
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5:53AM on 02/04/2013

Common hollywood

Has hollywood run out of good screenwriters and directors for Action movies? Zombies and vampires are making more money than Action stars(arnold,stallone,statham) and Comedy stars (jim carrey,ben stiller,will ferrell).sometimes i fear that Action movies and Comedy movies will become extinct
Has hollywood run out of good screenwriters and directors for Action movies? Zombies and vampires are making more money than Action stars(arnold,stallone,statham) and Comedy stars (jim carrey,ben stiller,will ferrell).sometimes i fear that Action movies and Comedy movies will become extinct
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9:05PM on 02/03/2013
I hope Die Hard makes a shit ton of money because between Bullet to the Head and Last Stand, if that bombs too the R-rated action movie may become extinct.
I hope Die Hard makes a shit ton of money because between Bullet to the Head and Last Stand, if that bombs too the R-rated action movie may become extinct.
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12:06AM on 02/04/2013
Now thats going a bit far there, last year had lots of hit R rated movies. Those 2 movies are not to blame.
Now thats going a bit far there, last year had lots of hit R rated movies. Those 2 movies are not to blame.
1:54AM on 02/04/2013
I'm sure Die Hard will do fairly well, for one simple reason, name-brand appeal.
I'm sure Die Hard will do fairly well, for one simple reason, name-brand appeal.
7:04PM on 02/03/2013
I agree with the article about the 2 films with Stallone & Arnold underperforming. They are known for their frachises & even The Expendables. Really shows how different a generation is when a Hansel & Gretel movie & a zombie teen movie beat them out. Yes I am a fan so I will just wait to buy both films on Blu ray
I agree with the article about the 2 films with Stallone & Arnold underperforming. They are known for their frachises & even The Expendables. Really shows how different a generation is when a Hansel & Gretel movie & a zombie teen movie beat them out. Yes I am a fan so I will just wait to buy both films on Blu ray
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5:28PM on 02/03/2013

WB

Warm Bodies is actually pretty good! I had high hopes and it didn't disappoint
Warm Bodies is actually pretty good! I had high hopes and it didn't disappoint
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5:15PM on 02/03/2013
Saw H&G today on D-Box 3D. Gotta say I was worried it was gonna be like Kentucky fried movie but fortunately it actually was better than many 3d theme park rides I have been on in the past. Definitely have to consider D-Box again when Jurassic park or top gun hits. Definitely a good ride. As for worm bodies, that movie seems a little brain dead but considering its potential audience maybe its a good thing that twilight zombies will want to see a zombie movie even if the gore is barely any good.
Saw H&G today on D-Box 3D. Gotta say I was worried it was gonna be like Kentucky fried movie but fortunately it actually was better than many 3d theme park rides I have been on in the past. Definitely have to consider D-Box again when Jurassic park or top gun hits. Definitely a good ride. As for worm bodies, that movie seems a little brain dead but considering its potential audience maybe its a good thing that twilight zombies will want to see a zombie movie even if the gore is barely any good.
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5:02PM on 02/03/2013

WB

Seriously ? Warm Bodys? Is it good? because it looked like crap to me..
Seriously ? Warm Bodys? Is it good? because it looked like crap to me..
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5:08PM on 02/03/2013
yes it was....the original ads made it look like crap but its actually pretty funny
yes it was....the original ads made it look like crap but its actually pretty funny
4:58PM on 02/03/2013

WB

Seriously ? Warm Bodys? Is it good? because it looked like crap to me..
Seriously ? Warm Bodys? Is it good? because it looked like crap to me..
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4:12PM on 02/03/2013
What can I say? Bullet in the Head just looked like a lazily-made B-movie plucked from the late 90's/early 00's aka Sly's Slump Period.

Sly and Arnold need to pick out some better scripts and get with some serious and fresh talent, instead of taking up every paycheck that comes their way.
What can I say? Bullet in the Head just looked like a lazily-made B-movie plucked from the late 90's/early 00's aka Sly's Slump Period.

Sly and Arnold need to pick out some better scripts and get with some serious and fresh talent, instead of taking up every paycheck that comes their way.
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3:55PM on 02/03/2013
Im glad Warm Bodies got 20 million and the top spot. Its a funny flick despite its romance angle. Thankfully its not "Twilight" with Zombies like everyone and their mom thought. Bullet to the Head did worse than I thought. I thought it would do alittle better tha Last Stand not worse. Lionsgate might have to start getting worried about the Tomb later this year if this is any proof.

I read somewhere esle that the yr to yr drop was 27%. Yikes. People didnt want to go see much this weekend.
Im glad Warm Bodies got 20 million and the top spot. Its a funny flick despite its romance angle. Thankfully its not "Twilight" with Zombies like everyone and their mom thought. Bullet to the Head did worse than I thought. I thought it would do alittle better tha Last Stand not worse. Lionsgate might have to start getting worried about the Tomb later this year if this is any proof.

I read somewhere esle that the yr to yr drop was 27%. Yikes. People didnt want to go see much this weekend. Next weekend should be worse. The top 5 that weekend last year earned over 135 million alone. Unless everyones flocking to see Identity Thief, its gonna be ugly next weekend box office wise.
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3:36PM on 02/03/2013
4.5?!! Wow, I am actually surprised! I figured it would bomb, but I didn't think it would do worse than The Last Stand. The harsh truth on why these films did bad is simple. Both movies come across as old actors trying to show they still got it in generic action flicks. ....Well, at least Die Hard doesn't have this problem. I would be incredibly shocked if it did as bad as these two flicks next weekend.
4.5?!! Wow, I am actually surprised! I figured it would bomb, but I didn't think it would do worse than The Last Stand. The harsh truth on why these films did bad is simple. Both movies come across as old actors trying to show they still got it in generic action flicks. ....Well, at least Die Hard doesn't have this problem. I would be incredibly shocked if it did as bad as these two flicks next weekend.
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3:01PM on 02/03/2013

About Bullet in The Head

as I said on the forums, I think it's release date was a F U from Warner Bros to producer Joel Silver.

I mean looking back this release date was made less than a month after Joel Silver was fired/quit from Warner Bros

Why release it this weekend when it's main target audience are buying booze and nacho dip for the (American) sports event of the year?
as I said on the forums, I think it's release date was a F U from Warner Bros to producer Joel Silver.

I mean looking back this release date was made less than a month after Joel Silver was fired/quit from Warner Bros

Why release it this weekend when it's main target audience are buying booze and nacho dip for the (American) sports event of the year?
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3:12PM on 02/03/2013
It wouldn't have made a difference. If people REALLY wanted to see it and not just the hardcore Stallone fans, then it would have made more. But everyone I know has said that it looks like a straight to DVD film.

If the Super Bowl wasn't this weekend, maybe it would have made maybe an extra million. But that's it. It's not like it would have won the Box Office this weekend or anything.
It wouldn't have made a difference. If people REALLY wanted to see it and not just the hardcore Stallone fans, then it would have made more. But everyone I know has said that it looks like a straight to DVD film.

If the Super Bowl wasn't this weekend, maybe it would have made maybe an extra million. But that's it. It's not like it would have won the Box Office this weekend or anything.
3:38PM on 02/03/2013
I agree that it wouldn't have been a box office hit but it would have made a couple of mil more, same thing if gun control wasn't the biggest topic in the states.
I agree that it wouldn't have been a box office hit but it would have made a couple of mil more, same thing if gun control wasn't the biggest topic in the states.
3:40PM on 02/03/2013
Agree with The Soloist... you can't blame this on the super bowl. The SB is sunday night, this movie come out 2 days prior. It just looks like a b-movie that has no business in a theater.
Agree with The Soloist... you can't blame this on the super bowl. The SB is sunday night, this movie come out 2 days prior. It just looks like a b-movie that has no business in a theater.
3:55PM on 02/03/2013
But like I said in my first post target audience spend money on beer and food for the sunday than spend it going to the cinema.
But like I said in my first post target audience spend money on beer and food for the sunday than spend it going to the cinema.
2:59PM on 02/03/2013
Glad to see Hansel and Gretel and Silver Linings Playbook still holding strong. They're both great films that deserve all the success they have been getting.

Sucks that Gangster Squad did not do better. The movie was fun, great, and was a real blast to watch. Saw it in theaters twice.

I think this week I will try to see Side Effects.
Glad to see Hansel and Gretel and Silver Linings Playbook still holding strong. They're both great films that deserve all the success they have been getting.

Sucks that Gangster Squad did not do better. The movie was fun, great, and was a real blast to watch. Saw it in theaters twice.

I think this week I will try to see Side Effects.
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2:49PM on 02/03/2013
I thoroughly enjoyed both The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head, but the biggest issue is the fact that the supporting casts were very weak. Having seen Bullet to the Head just last night, I can say that aside from the hardcore Stallone fans, the movie will appeal to few others (except maybe just action junkies). Same with The Last Stand and Arnold respectively. It's depressing as I'm a lifelong Stallone fan, but that's the way it is. Hopefully he can do more ensemble work or at least be paired
I thoroughly enjoyed both The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head, but the biggest issue is the fact that the supporting casts were very weak. Having seen Bullet to the Head just last night, I can say that aside from the hardcore Stallone fans, the movie will appeal to few others (except maybe just action junkies). Same with The Last Stand and Arnold respectively. It's depressing as I'm a lifelong Stallone fan, but that's the way it is. Hopefully he can do more ensemble work or at least be paired up with better supporting actors in the future.
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3:33PM on 02/03/2013
I'm sorry, but supporting casts have nothing to do with it. It's obvious the leads have lost their star power.
I'm sorry, but supporting casts have nothing to do with it. It's obvious the leads have lost their star power.
9:05PM on 02/03/2013
Well, it's not the whole reason--I will totally admit that the movie wasn't outstanding. I enjoyed it for what it was, a brutal, balls to the wall, hard R action flick with Stallone (who I've always been a huge fan of). It definitely felt pretty generic in general and nobody but Stallone held my interest. It felt dated and certainly wasn't as great as expected from a Walter Hill film. I'm just saying that the supporting cast sucked. Sung Kang was not a worthy co-star. I'm not saying he's bad,
Well, it's not the whole reason--I will totally admit that the movie wasn't outstanding. I enjoyed it for what it was, a brutal, balls to the wall, hard R action flick with Stallone (who I've always been a huge fan of). It definitely felt pretty generic in general and nobody but Stallone held my interest. It felt dated and certainly wasn't as great as expected from a Walter Hill film. I'm just saying that the supporting cast sucked. Sung Kang was not a worthy co-star. I'm not saying he's bad, but the contrast didn't work. Though I don't think it would have been a phenomenon with Thomas Jane's participation, I do think he would have been a MUCH more credible and interesting co-star and could have held his own. So, without rambling more I definitely have examined all the reasons for it's failure, but supporting casts do play a big part in it. No one had charisma or any unique qualities whatsoever. They were all very bland (including Christian Slater).