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'Warm Bodies' heats up box office with $20m

Published:Monday | February 4, 2013 | 12:00 AM
This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Nicholas Hoult in a scene from 'Warm Bodies'. - AP Photo/Summit Entertainment


The love-struck zombies of Warm Bodies swarmed the box office on Super Bowl weekend with a $20-million opening.

The Lionsgate PG-13 film easily led the box office, according to studio estimates yesterday. The weekend of the Super Bowl always means a significant slide in movie-going on Sunday, but Warm Bodies still lured many teenage fans.

The film is about a zombie whose love for a human redeems him. Lionsgate, which also released the Twilight saga, is calling it a "rom-zom-com" for its mix of humour, romance and the supernatural.

Action films continued to fare poorly in 2013, as Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head opened with just $4.5 million.