On Super Bowl weekend, Warm Bodies showed a bit of life; everything else was sluggish as a zombie. While it is difficult to estimate ticket sales on Super Bowl Sunday, Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment figured that the zombie movie would earn about $19.51 million over the weekend, largely (about 60 percent) from teenage girls. Last week's winner, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters dropped 53 percent to around $9.2 million, placing second. Remarkably Silver Linings Playbook slipped only 14 percent to remain in third place with about $8.11 million in its 12th -- repeat 12th -- week. As for Sylvester Stallone's latest -- the poorly reviewed Bullet to the Head -- it was shot down as expected, winding up with just $4.50 million, to place sixth. And the gangster spoof Stand Up Guys appeared DOA as it opened in 659 theaters with just $1.50 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Warm Bodies, $20 million; 2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, $9.2 million; 3. Silver Linings Playbook, $8.1 million; 4. Mama, $6.7 million; 5. Zero Dark Thirty, $5.3 million; 6. Bullet to the Head, $4.5 million; 7. Parker, $3.2 million; 8. Django Unchained, $3 million; 9. Les MisÃ©rables, $2.4 million; 10. Lincoln, $2.4 million.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.