Warm Bodies heats up US box office

Nicholas Hoult's zombie film Warm Bodies is the number one movie in America.

The paranormal romance comedy - which also stars Teresa Palmer and Rob Corddry and is about a zombie whose love for a human redeems him - took in 20 million dollars to open in the top spot.

The film from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment easily led the box office over the Super Bowl weekend, according to studio estimates.

Elsewhere, action films continued to fare poorly, with Sylvester Stallone's Bullet To The Head opening with just 4.5 million dollars for Warner Bros.

That meant Sly's brawny cohort Arnold Schwarzenegger bested him when his The Last Stand opened with 7.2 million in January.

Last week's top film, Paramount's Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, dropped to second with 9.2 million dollars.

Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook - which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper - continued to draw viewers, coming third with 8.1 million dollars.