The Straits Times
Published on Feb 05, 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, taking in more than twice as much as its nearest rival, industry figures said on Monday.

Warm Bodies, based on Isaac Marion's book of the same name inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, took a healthy US$20.4 million (S$34.1 million) in sales.

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunt, a horror movie twist on the classic fairy tale starring Jeremy Renner, took a distant second, pulling in US$9.4 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$7.7 million in ticket sales, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.