On Zombieland’s opening night last Friday, EW.com accompanied the film’s stars, its director and the two screenwriters to four different movie theaters across Los Angeles to check out how the new horror comedy was playing with fans. Zombieland marks director Ruben Fleischer’s debut along with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s first go at the big screen. The ride-along was also the first time Woody Harrelson checked out his film on opening night and it marked a break-through for Jesse Eisenberg: it’s the first movie he could stand to watch himself in. Check out some of the night’s highlights–and lowlights–below.
8:30 pm Mann Grauman’s Chinese Theater
The cavernous 1,400 seat theater is about halfway full. Eisenberg leans up against the back wall of theater watching his character Columbus explain that one of their crazy plans wasn’t his but belonged to his traveling companion Tallahassee (Harrelson). “I’m just kind of a Sancho Panza character,” says Columbus. The line gets a couple of chuckles. Eisenberg shrugs his shoulders in Fleischer’s direction.
“Well that’s a wash,” says Eisenberg. “There was no one there.”
“Sure there was,” says Gavin Polone, the film’s producer. “That’s probably the biggest theater in Los Angeles. It’s impossible to sell it out. If we do that kind of business all weekend, I’d be very happy.” READ FULL STORY