Box Office: Zombies Whip The Invention of Lying

Chick flick? Romantic comedy? Whatever, it’s all about the zombies. Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland” took its end of the world zombie apocalypse to the big screen and it paid off handsomely. The horror-comedy starring Woody Harrelson as a gun-toting redneck in an America overrun by the living dead took the top spot at the box office with an impressive $25 million, according to studio estimates. Not bad for a film budgeted at a reported $23.6 million. It also marked Woody Harrelson’s biggest opening weekend ever, and knocked the reigning champ, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” off its pedestal.

“Zombieland” shared the weekend with two other new films, the Drew Barrymore comedy “Whip It!” and the Ricky Gervais starrer “The Invention of Lying”. The latter film managed to land at #4 with $7.35 million, while “Whip It!”, a comedy about roller derby chicks and Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut landed out of the Top 5 at #6 with $4.85 million.

Barrymore’s “Whip It!” was tied with muckraker Michael Moore’s documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story”, which made about the same amount in its second week of release. Moore’s film, about the evils of capitalism (which, curiously, you’re expected to pay to see so Moore can make money, go figure) has made $5.25 million so far in two weeks of release. Apparently the idea of paying to watch a fat guy standing outside an office building with a bullhorn pretending to make a citizen’s arrest was cringe-inducing to not just me.

Box Office Top 10 (via):

# TITLE WEEKEND RECEIPT TOTAL BOX OFFICE
.1 Zombieland $25,000,000 $25,000,000
.2 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $16,700,000 $82,392,000
.3 Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D) $12,500,000 $12,500,000
.4 The Invention of Lying $7,350,000 $7,350,000
.5 Surrogates $7,344,000 $26,387,000
.6 Whip It $4,850,000 $4,850,000
.6 Capitalism: A Love Story $4,850,000 $5,252,000
.8 Fame (2009) $4,754,000 $16,634,000
.9 The Informant! $3,800,000 $26,580,000
.10 Love Happens $2,777,000 $18,910,000