'Warm Bodies' tops N. America box office

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 Monday.

"Warm Bodies," based on Isaac Marion's book of the same name inspired by Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," took a healthy $20.4 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 $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 $7.7 million in ticket sales, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Horror flick "Mama," in which a shadowy being trails two young children rescued after being lost in the woods when their parents died, fell from second to fourth place on its third weekend in theaters, with $6.6 million.

The Oscar-tipped Osama bin Laden manhunt movie "Zero Dark Thirty" slipped to fifth place with $5.2 million, followed by Sylvester Stallone's latest effort, "Bullet to the Head," which opened in sixth place with $4.5 million.

"Parker," starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez working together on a heist, fell from fifth to seventh place on its second weekend in theaters, taking in $3.3 million.

Quentin Tarantino's blood-soaked spaghetti Western tribute "Django Unchained," which last month won two Golden Globes and is up for five Academy Awards, was in eighth spot, earning $3.0 million.

That put it ahead of musical adaptation "Les Miserables," another Oscar hopeful that took in $2.42 million for ninth place.

Rounding out the top 10 was "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's Oscar hopeful starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the revered US president, which re-entered the chart with $2.4 million, jumping up one place from 11th last week.