Box Office Results: Hansel & Gretel Leads Slow Weekend

Source:   Edward Douglas
January 27, 2013

The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

It was a slow weekend at the box office, kicking off with a snowstorm in the North and East on Friday, but also with the release of three movies that barely screened for critics and inevitably received horrid reviews.

Even with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 18% Rotten, the fairy tale mash-up action movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount Pictures), starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, took the top spot with $19 million in 3,372 theaters including 3D and IMAX screens, scoring roughly $5,600 per location. $2.1 million of that amount came from the 300 digital IMAX screens on which the movie opened on Friday, doubling that amount when including its international IMAX release. Furthermore, it grossed $25 million in 25 countries overseas this weekend to bring its worldwide gross to $54.8 million.

Produced by Guillermo del Toro, last weekend's mega horror hit Mama (Universal), starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, dropped to second place with $12.8 million, down 55% from its holiday opening, with a total of $48.6 million in ten days.

David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, held well in its second weekend of nationwide release bringing in $10 million to take third place with a total take of $69.5 million so far.

Fourth place went to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (Sony), also starring Jessica Chastain, which dropped 38% from last weekend to add another $9.8 million to its box office gross of just under $70 million.

Jason Statham's new crime-thriller Parker, based on the crime fiction character created by Donald B. Westlake, teamed him with Jennifer Lopez and director Taylor Hackford, but it failed to make much of a mark, opening with $7 million in 2,224 theaters for fifth place. It's the second week in a row with a movie from a star of Lionsgate's The Expendables bombing with Sylvester Stallone trying to break that bad streak next weekend.

Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-nominated Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company) took sixth place with $5 million to bring its domestic total to $146.3 million. It also added another $42.9 million overseas (where it's distributed by Sony) to bring its international total to $111.5 million and total worldwide to $257.8 million.

The star-studded anthology comedy Movie 43 (Relativity Media), put together by Peter Farrelly and his producing partner Charles B. Wessler, could forever be seen as many Oscar winning actors' Norbit--except that Eddie Murphy's famous Oscar blocker actually made money, while Movie 43 tanked with just $5 million over the weekend in 2,023 theaters for seventh place. Starring seemingly a cast of thousands including Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kristen Bell, Emma Stones, Christopher MIntz-Plasse, Dennis Quaid, Anna Faris and many more, it will be many of its stars' lowest opening wide release... except for Gerard Butler who is on quite a roll of bombs right now. (Apparently, the movie made $8.5 million in Russia this weekend, so clearly there was some sort of language barrier in play.)

That was followed by Ruben Fleischer's crime-thriller Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.) in eighth place with $4.2 million and $39.6 million since opening earlier in January.

Yet another crime-thriller, Broken City (20th Century Fox), starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, dropped all the way down to ninth place with $4 million, down 52%, with $15.3 million grossed so far.

The Top 10 was rounded out by Les MisÚrables (Universal) with $3.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $137.2 million and its worldwide gross to $312.9 million.

The box office was down roughly 11% from last year when Liam Neeson's survival thriller The Grey topped the box office with $19.7 million.

Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.

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