Thanks to a little American tradition known as the Superbowl weekend, cinemas were relatively quiet while teams of brightly dressed men rammed into each other in order to retrieve a pig-skin. Thus, while fans sat in bars and lounges dining on fine gourmet meals such as barbecue chicken wings and beer in a can, movies were neglected.
Still, there were some new releases, from a spry Sly Stallone locking axes in Bullet to the head, through to a zombie romantic comedy which has apparently blown away naysayers to reveal itself as a touching piece of film. Here’s a look at who came out on top this past weekend at the North American box office.
Warm Bodies came in at number one with a respecteable haul of over $19 million on that weekend, while Stallone’s macho flick bombed with a sixth place debut, thanks to the fact that the majority of men and women who would be interested in that film, were at home watching the Superbowl. Talk about bad timing. Here’s the rest of the best from that weekend:
- Warm Bodies – $19.5 million
- Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - $9.2 million
- Silver Linings Playbook - $8.1 million
- Mama - $6.7 million
- Zero Dark Thirty - $5.3 million
- Bullet to the head - $4.5 million
- Parker - $3.2 million
- Django Unchained - $3 million
- Les Miserables - $2.43 million
- Lincoln - $2.41 million
The big loser here though is the tag team flick of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, as Stand Up Guys couldn’t even crack the top ten, winding up in 17th place with a poor take of $1.5 million overall. Silver Linings Playbook is still having a great time and great word of mouth right now, as it jumped up a spot back into third with a decent take of over $8 million to add to its $80 million haul so far.
Mama began dropping down again this weekend, but it’s been a great success overall. Surpassing the record set by 2011′s Paranormal Activity 3, it’s the top horror film of the year so far, with a $58.3 million take. As for everyone else, drops were the norm, with the great emancipator Lincoln holding firm at tenth spot, before it most likely bows out of the top ten by this weekend.