The Straits Times
Published on Feb 04, 2013

Warm Bodies tops North America box office


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies topped the North American box office on its opening weekend, industry estimates said on Sunday, earning more than twice as much as its nearest rival.

Warm Bodies, based on Isaac Marion's book of the same name inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, took a healthy US$20 million (S$24.8 million) in sales.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunt, a horror movie twist on the classic fairy tale took a distant second, pulling in US$9.2 million.

Oscars season has helped a string of contenders stay in the top 10, with romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook taking third place this week with US$8.1 million in takings, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.