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article imageZombie film invades theaters; Oscar box office impressive

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 31, 2013 in Entertainment
In the dead of winter, it may be time to find a warm body and take in a movie. Why not try both by seeing a movie? There is one major obstacle, however.
That is one option at movie theaters this weekend as a relationship movie about zombies takes shape. If that doesn't fit, try a "Bullet to the Head" or hang with the "Stand Up Guys." Besides the zombie flick, the other two have star power. "Bullet to the Head" stars Sylvester Stallone while "Stand Up Guys" feature Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.
But, there is one elephant in the room that will deter many from seeing a movie. That would be the Super Bowl. When at least 100 million people in the United States tune in on Sunday to watch the game, the Saturday before will most likely be weak, too. There is party planning and prepping for Sunday, so a movie is often not on the list. Perhaps a solid Friday will help, but the Super Bowl rules the studios know it.
Zombies want to eat up the box office.
Zombies want to eat up the box office.
Tracking the second weekend for last week's winner "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" will be interesting. That is a twist on a fairy tale while "Warm Bodies" can be referred to as a zombie Romeo and Juliet. When in doubt, go back to the classics and update them or twist it so much it leaves Abraham Lincoln slaying vampires. Oh, that was done.
1. "Warm Bodies" - 3,009 theaters
2. "Bullet to the Head" - 2,404 theaters
3. "Stand Up Guys" - 959 theaters
It looks like they are banking on a warm win with the zombie movie as it gets the highest theater count going in.
Award season
This will be a year when people, in truth, can not say they didn't see the Oscar-nominated films. For now, five films are over $100 million and two are sitting at $71 million.The average box office for the nine films nominated is $92.5 million.
Take in the animation category where the average gross in $108 million with the top film nominated is $237 million, and you have fans. The top grosser for and animated film is "Brave" at $237.2 million.
There will always be those who hate all the films nominated and say they didn't see any of the them, but there is usually a deeper reason for them. But, in a year when a James Bond film skyrockets at the box office and independent films do well, there was plenty of diversity.
And now Oscar has brought back the song in style in this year's show. With Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones and Adele, plus a tribute to musicals, the orchestra will have the hardest job that night.
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