Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Together, they take an extended road trip across Southwestern United States in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies.
Zombieland received positive critical reviews and was a commercial success, grossing more than $60.8 million in 17 days and surpassing the 2004 film Dawn of the Dead as the top-grossing zombie film to date in the United States
Two months have passed since a mutated strain of mad cow disease mutated into “mad person disease” that became “mad zombie disease” which overran the United States and turned the American people into vicious zombies. Unaffected college student “Columbus” (Jesse Eisenberg) is making his way from Austin, Texas to Columbus, Ohio to see whether his parents are still alive. He encounters “Tallahassee” (Woody Harrelson), another survivor who is particularly violent in killing zombies. Though he does not appear to be sociable, Tallahassee reluctantly allows Columbus to travel with him. Tallahassee demonstrates a soft spot for his pet dog, killed by the zombies, as well as an affinity for Twinkies, which he actively tries to find.
The film debuted at No. 1 at the box office in North America, with ticket sales of $24,733,155 on the opening weekend, matching its production budget. As of October 29, 2009, the film grossed $75,590,286 domestically and $102,133,700 worldwide. It was credited as having the second highest-grossing start on record for a zombie film behind the Dawn of the Dead remake and as “the first [American] horror comedy in recent memory to find significant theatrical success”. The film grossed $60.8 million in 17 days, becoming the top-grossing zombie film in history; the record was previously held by the Dawn of the Dead remake. Although Resident Evil: Afterlife claimed the record the following year, grossing over $290 million worldwide.