3 February 2013 2:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As predicted, the zombie romance Warm Bodies topped the box office at North American cinemas this past weekend.  The Jonathan Levine directed genre skewing flick ended up with $20 million in its opening weekend.  The film has been getting positive reviews and audience reaction has been good.  This bodes well for star Nicholas Hoult who has a lot of films coming out in 2013 and 2014 and seems to be being marketed as the next big thing.  Prognosticators weren't sure what to make of the half zombie/half romance hybrid.  However, it resonated with younger audiences as managed to pull in both men and women.  While not a slam dunk, it's certainly a respectable opening for a genre movie with no major stars above the title.

Movies with stars above the title didn't fare as well.  Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head opened with same general ambivalence and malaise as Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand. »

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