Release date: Oct. 2, 2009
Opening weekend (U.S.): $24,733,155
Domestic total gross: $75,590,286
Foreign total gross: $26,801,254
Worldwide total gross: $102,391,540
“Zombieland” takes the cheeky route in delivering a great zombie story. It follows Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) as he searches for his family and tries surviving in the zombie apocalypse using his 30 rules of survival. He eventually meets up with grizzled Twinkie lover, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), and con artists Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), to create a wild adventure that includes a zombie-filled amusement park, twinkie hunts and a not-so-zombified Bill Murray.
“Zombieland” caught everyone off-guard with a $24.7 million opening weekend in the U.S. on its way to a $75.6 million total domestic gross against a $23.6 million budget. International gross was roughly a third of the U.S. take.
The long-awaited sequel, “Zombieland 2: Double Tap,” comes out Oct. 18, 2019. With the first “Zombieland” doing so well and fans having to wait a decade for a sequel, “Zombieland 2” is primed to crush its predecessor. When the time comes, we’ll update the list to reflect the sequel’s performance.