Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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February 4th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

Zombies ruled the box office during the weekend of February 1. “Warm Bodies” earned $20,025,000 during its opening weekend. When Julie imagines the man of her dreams, she always pictures someone who is, well, alive. But all this changes when she meets an unconventional zombie and starts to reluctantly fall in love with the undead charmer. The PG-13 rating is due to zombie violence and language.

“Bullet to the Head” opened on Friday, February 1, and earned $4,500,000 during its first weekend in theaters. After a New Orleans hitman loses his partner, he swears that he will track down the man who murdered his friend. He gains a new ally in the form of a young detective who has his own reasons to exact vengeance. The film’s R rating is due to bloody images, language, violence, drug use, and nudity.

Continuing Films

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” dropped to second place this weekend, with earnings of $9,210,000. Overall, the film has brought in more than $34 million. Hansel and Gretel are two of the fiercest and most relentless bounty hunters around, especially when it comes to eradicating witches. When a powerful witch cooks up a dark scheme, she has the two siblings to contend with. The dark fantasy earns its R rating with nudity, mature content, language, and violence and gore.

“Silver Linings Playbook” is still riding high on Oscar buzz, making $8,113,000 over the weekend. During its twelve weeks in theaters, the movie has brought in over $80 million. While Pat was in a psychiatric institute to get his bipolar disorder under control, his life changed dramatically behind his back. When he returns to normal life, he will have to work hard to make things right again. “Silver Linings Playbook” has an R rating for nudity, language, and mature content.

“Mama” saw $6,730,000 in box office profits, adding to an overall gross of more than $58 million. Lilly and Victoria have been surviving in an abandoned cabin for most of their young lives. Even after their rescue, the two girls have to deal with a mysterious supernatural threat that will not leave them alone. The horror movie has a PG-13 rating, due to terror, disturbing images, thematic elements, and violence.

With weekend profits of $5,300,000, “Zero Dark Thirty” brought its total earnings to over $77 million. After a tense and stressful decade-long search for Osama bin Laden, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs are ready to capture the terrorist. For a young CIA officer, the capture represents years of unrelenting work and difficult ethical choices. Kathryn Bigelow’s political drama has an R rating for disturbing images and language.

Movies to DVD

“Flight” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD format on Tuesday, February 5. After a night of heavy drinking, a pilot recklessly decides to make his morning flight anyway. The plane nearly crashes, saved only by the pilot’s quick thinking. Now he has to grapple between his roles as hero and villain. “Flight” has an R rating for substance abuse, nudity, mature content, language, and an intense action sequence.

“Deadfall” tells the story of Liza and her brother Addison, both trying to deal with the repercussions of a heist that did not go as planned. As the two seek a way to fix the situation, their lives unexpectedly collide with a stranger’s. The R rating is due to mature content, language, and strong violence.

“Cloud Atlas” spans several different time periods, settings, and character arcs. From an ocean voyage in 1850 to a post-apocalyptic community living on the Hawaiian Islands, the colliding storylines reveal the patterns that carry out across space and time. The provocative movie has an R rating for nudity, mature content, language, violence, and some drug use.

“Here Comes the Boom” focuses on an unexpected hero. When a restless high school teacher realizes that his school funding is in danger, he decides to step into the world of competitive mixed martial arts, hoping to earn enough money to save the day. The family-friendly film is rated PG for MMA sports violence, language, and rude humor.

In “Alex Cross,” the eponymous detective takes on a case that is too personal for comfort. He vows to track down the person who killed his family member, but he might find out more than he really wanted to know. The gritty film’s PG-13 rating is due to disturbing images, violence, mature content, language, nudity, and drug references.

“Celeste and Jesse Forever” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Wednesday, February 6. Adam Samberg and Rashida Jones star as high school sweethearts whose young love eventually sours. After deciding to divorce, however, the two find that their affection for each other rekindles in surprising ways. The R rating is because of mature content, drug use, and language.