The love-struck zombies of ‘‘Warm Bodies’’ swarmed the box office on Super Bowl weekend with a $20 million opening. On a weekend that Hollywood largely punts to football, the PG-13 film from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment easily led the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Super Bowl always means a significant slide in movie-going on Sunday — studios predict a decrease of as much as 70 percent from Saturday to Sunday — but ‘‘Warm Bodies’’ still lured many teenage fans. The film is about a zombie whose love for a human redeems him. The film appealed particularly to females, who made up 60 percent of the audience. Action films continued to fare poorly in 2013, as Sylvester Stallone’s ‘‘Bullet to the Head’’ opened with just $4.5 million for Warner Bros. That meant his brawny cohort Arnold Schwarzenegger bested him when his ‘‘The Last Stand’’ opened with $7.2 million in January. But both openings were poor. Along with the weak performance of Jason Statham’s ‘‘Parker,’’ which has taken in $12.4 million in two weeks for FilmDistrict, moviegoers aren’t turning out for traditional R-rated action movies. Last week’s top film, Paramount’s ‘‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’’ dropped to second with $9.2 million on the weekend.
Ocean won’t seek charges
Frank Ocean says he won’t pursue criminal charges against Chris Brown, who is alleged to have punched Ocean in a recent fight. ‘‘As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man,’’ the R&B star wrote on his Tumblr page Saturday. ‘‘But as a man I am not a killer. I’m an artist and a modern person. I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit.’’ Brown remained under investigation for his role in a fight outside a West Hollywood recording studio on Jan. 27, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Witnesses told deputies that Brown punched Ocean during an argument over a parking space. Ocean later tweeted that he ‘‘got jumped by Chris and a couple guys’’ and suffered a finger cut. Brown has not commented on the allegation. Whitmore said Ocean had said he ‘‘desired prosecution.’’ He said the investigation was continuing because Ocean has not told authorities that he’s had a change of heart. ‘‘It’s ongoing until an official statement is made to us,’’ Whitmore said. Brown, 23, remains on probation for attacking Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards and is due in court on Feb. 6 to update a judge on his progress. Ocean is scheduled to perform at the Grammys on Feb. 10, where he’s up for six awards including album of the year.
‘Ralph’ wins at Annies
Walt Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph’’ has won top animation honors at the Annie Awards. The comedy hit about a video-game villain who wants to turn hero was named best animated feature at Saturday night’s Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society. ‘‘Wreck-It Ralph’’ won out over a field that included ‘‘Brave,’’ ‘‘Frankenweenie,’’ ‘‘ParaNorman’’ and ‘‘Hotel Transylvania.’’ With a voice cast led by John C. Reilly, ‘‘Wreck-It Ralph’’ dominated the film categories, also winning Annies for director Rich Moore, voice costar Alan Tudyk, and for its music and screenplay. Among live-action films, ‘‘The Avengers’’ won the Annie for animated effects and ‘‘Life of Pi’’ won for character animation. On the TV side, an episode of ‘‘Robot Chicken’’ won for best general audience animated show.
“Some of these puppies have clearly been juiced. #PuppyBowlScandal” — Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat,” tweeting during “The Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet on Sunday.