Zombies to take over Super Bowl weekend at the box office with ‘Warm Bodies’

By Daniel S Levine,

It’s Super Bowl weekend and chances are that most people are not running to the movies. Hollywood knows this, which is why there aren’t any lofty expectations for the box office. There are just two new wide releases this weekend, the teen zombie movie Warm Bodies and Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet To The Head.

Warm Bodies is the latest from Summit Entertainment - the same studio that brought you romantic vampires and werewolves with Twilight. This one gives teens romantic zombies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is projected to gross between $18 million and $20 million in its first weekend. While that’s pretty mediocre any other weekend, that will be enough to come out on top.

Entertainment Weekly predicts that some holdovers will continue to stick around. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will probably finish in second place with just $8.7 million, a 55 percent fall from its debut weekend. Oscar-nominee Silver Linings Playbook and Mama are expected to finish in the No. 3 and 4 spots, finishing with north of $6 million.

If Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand is any indication, moviegoers might be tired of the ‘old actor with a gun’ routine, so Stallone’s Bullet to the Head isn’t expected to do so well. Box Office Mojo is a little more positive about its prospects, predicting a $7.9 million opening.

Stand Up Guys is opening in just 659 theaters this weekend. The film stars Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken and Al Pacino. It actually had an Oscars-qualifying run in December, but didn’t earn any nominations.

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