No. 1 Zombieland shows horror comedies can be hits

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Zombieland proved that the dead do rise: It is one of the few zombie movies and horror comedies to break out in its opening weekend, topping the box office. The movie, starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, took in an estimated $25 million during the Oct. 2 weekend, pushing Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs out of the top slot.

Here's BoxOfficeMojo's take:

In the realm of zombie movies, Zombieland had the second highest-grossing start on record behind the Dawn of the Dead remake, but, more importantly, it was the first horror comedy in recent memory to find significant theatrical success.

The only horror comedies to claim greater initial attendance in the past two decades were the Scary Movie pictures, but they primarily appealed as spoofs. Failure is the norm, with movies like Jennifer's Body and Snakes on a Plane among the corpses.

What about the best horror comedy/zombie movie of all time, Shaun of the Dead?

Despite its cult status as the horror comedy to beat, it actually took in a measly $13.5 million in North America and a total of just $30 million worldwide.