Drew Barrymore‘s first go at directing was apparently no match for ass kickin’ and zombies. If box office numbers are any indication, newbie director Ruben Fleicher‘s flick Zombieland was the reason anyone went to the movies this weekend. Topping the number one spot at the box office, Zombieland raked in 25 million dollars since opening this past Friday.
Unfortunately for her, Drew’s directorial debut (she acts in the movie, too) Whip it!, ambled in at sixth place making a mere 4.9 million dollars this weekend. While I’m sure Drew’s feel-good comedy about roller derby chicks has its’ fair share of good moments, it’s hard to compete with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg kicking ass in a world with few uninfected humans left.
It’s no surprise that Zombie films do better when our economy is down. Dawn of the Dead rocked during the recession of the 80s, and maybe somewhere between fear for the future and the possibility of impending doom, we can relate to what’s going on. Not to mention if we’re loving vampires right now, zombies can’t be too far off.
Another reason this movie probably did so well was the epic cameo. For the purpose of experiencing the surprise, I shall say no more. But let’s just say it kills. The zombies, and the cameo.
Gallery Info: Drew Barrymore at the premiere of Whip it!