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Weekend Box Office Report: January 25-27, 2013

Jan. 27, 2013by: Dave Davis

Hansel & Gretel: Wallet Hunters!

After having its release shoved from last March all the way to this past weekend, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS took the top spot with $19 million.

The R-rated supernatural action-comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW) and producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay was the weekend's widest opening on 3300+ screens, most of which were in higher-priced 3D. The movie (costing anywhere from $50M-$85M, depending on who you believe) also made an additional $35 million from international audiences interested in watching Jeremy Renner shoot more arrows into things.

There's yet another "re-imagined" fairy tale arriving on March 1st, Bryan Singer's big-budget (and also delayed from last year) 3D action-fantasy JACK THE GIANT SLAYER. Should be interesting to see if that one can perform any better, especially considering it has an even lesser-known star in Nicholas Hoult.

As for the week's other new releases, Jason Statham's cowboy-hatted thief PARKER could only swipe $7 million for a fifth place opening. The presence of Jennifer Lopez obviously couldn't offer much assistance to author Richard Stark/Donald Westlake's scruffy bruiser (previously played on screen, albeit under different names, by actors such as Mel Gibson, Lee Marvin and Robert Duvall). For solo Statham movies, PARKER's opening squeezes it between SAFE ($7.8M) and CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE ($6.9M).

And MOVIE 43, the ensemble collection of comedy shorts, was loathed by critics and audiences alike (a dire 'D' CinemaScore) and only gathered $5 million for seventh place despite having plenty of recognizable names and faces in the trailers, posters and TV spots. It only cost a reported $6M, but still... so much for that experiment.

Last weekend's winner MAMA slipped to second place with another $12.8 million, a 54% drop from its opening -- not too bad for a horror release, which tend to plunge as much as 75% in their second week. The wide release of the awards-friendly SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK staked out its spot in #3 with $10 million, breaking up the reign of Chastain by edging ZERO DARK THIRTY into fourth with $9.8 million. Both movies are just about to touch $70M domestic totals.

DJANGO UNCHAINED is still galloping along in sixth, and Tarantino's latest has already rounded up an additional $111 million from overseas crowds. GANGSTER SQUAD, BROKEN CITY and LES MISERABLES are all battling for last, while A HAUNTED HOUSE gets scared away and Arnold Schwarzenegger's feature return THE LAST STAND gets buried after a single week on the chart. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY has also finally wandered out of the Top 10, with a global $925.4M total that now surpasses both FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and THE TWO TOWERS. 

Next weekend has a few movies fighting for attention before the Super Bowl kickoff, including Sylvester Stallone's actioner BULLET TO THE HEAD, the zombie romance WARM BODIES, and the Pacino/Walken/Arkin crook comedy STAND UP GUYS on a few hundred screens.

What February release are you most looking forward to seeing? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $19 M
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2. Mama $12.8 M $48.6 M
3. Silver Linings Playbook $10 M $69.4 M
4. Zero Dark Thirty $9.8 M $69.9 M
5. Parker $7 M
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6. Django Unchained $5 M $146.2 M
7. Movie 43 $5 M
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8. Gangster Squad $4.2 M $39.6 M
9. Broken City $4 M $15.2 M
10. Les Miserables $3.9 M $137.2 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:30PM on 01/28/2013
Hansel and Gretel was enjoyable to me in a weird, nostalgic sort of way. It reminded me of the stories I used to playact in the woods when I was ten years old and running around with wooden weapons. It made little sense, there was no character development, it relied heavily on coincidence, and yet I still found it oddly satisfying. Not good, by any means, but I enjoyed watching it.

Both 'Parker' and 'The Last Stand' were surprisingly good action flicks. 'Stand' could easily have been as bad
Hansel and Gretel was enjoyable to me in a weird, nostalgic sort of way. It reminded me of the stories I used to playact in the woods when I was ten years old and running around with wooden weapons. It made little sense, there was no character development, it relied heavily on coincidence, and yet I still found it oddly satisfying. Not good, by any means, but I enjoyed watching it.

Both 'Parker' and 'The Last Stand' were surprisingly good action flicks. 'Stand' could easily have been as bad as any Arnold action flick, but a talented director made sure that it was a notch above. Cheesy? Sure. But well-made and entertaining. Parker had other issues, namely NO REASON for Lopez's character to exist. But the heists were good, the action was good, and I found Stathat's rendition of Parker to be surprisingly good.

Mama was a letdown to me. The first hour is incredible, and could easily have been directed by Del Toro himself. Then the film devolves into typical horror schlock, with the finale being worst of all.

Silver Linings was definitely good, although I thought it got a little wrapped up in its own quirkiness sometimes, to the detriment of its story and characters.

Movie 43 is the worst film I've seen in years. Straight up abysmal.

Broken City is pretty poor.

Django and Les Mis, both okay. Both severely flawed. I probably liked Django more, cause I'm a huge Tarantino fan.

Still have to see 'Zero Dark,' but soon...
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1:58PM on 01/28/2013
Hansel and Gretel was a rough watch...

I only saw it cause i had seen everything else in theatres.. but i'm shocked it earned as much as it had.
Hansel and Gretel was a rough watch...

I only saw it cause i had seen everything else in theatres.. but i'm shocked it earned as much as it had.
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9:17AM on 01/28/2013
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2:42AM on 01/28/2013

HMMM

Last Stand worked quite well second time around, it didn't help much that Arnold didn't really showcase in full blown style rather act his age a bit. But the movie is underrated. I felt that Luis Guzman and the villain could have been played by different actors to give better effect but the twists and turns were dealt in a fresh approach. Mama the effects work wasn't that great but a good film. Silver linings and Zero Dark were very good.
Last Stand worked quite well second time around, it didn't help much that Arnold didn't really showcase in full blown style rather act his age a bit. But the movie is underrated. I felt that Luis Guzman and the villain could have been played by different actors to give better effect but the twists and turns were dealt in a fresh approach. Mama the effects work wasn't that great but a good film. Silver linings and Zero Dark were very good.
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8:54PM on 01/27/2013
Shame about Last Stand. But lets be real here...it didn't look that good.
Shame about Last Stand. But lets be real here...it didn't look that good.
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4:24PM on 01/27/2013

Lesson of the month:

Choose your co-stars carefully. Arnold's movie suffered from Knoxville, and Statham's suffered from Lopez. At least that's what made me decide to skip these in theaters. Other than the co-stars, they seemed like decent action movies worth checking out, but they ultimately will be a rental for me.
Choose your co-stars carefully. Arnold's movie suffered from Knoxville, and Statham's suffered from Lopez. At least that's what made me decide to skip these in theaters. Other than the co-stars, they seemed like decent action movies worth checking out, but they ultimately will be a rental for me.
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8:24PM on 01/27/2013
Last Stand was decent. Thankfully Knoxville wasn't in it too much.
Last Stand was decent. Thankfully Knoxville wasn't in it too much.
11:20PM on 01/27/2013
Well geez aren't you onto something, because yes we all decide what movies to see based on the other co-stars LOL, smh
Well geez aren't you onto something, because yes we all decide what movies to see based on the other co-stars LOL, smh
4:08PM on 01/27/2013
Ehhh... is all I can say for this weekend in general.
Ehhh... is all I can say for this weekend in general.
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4:01PM on 01/27/2013
Awesome box office! Movie 43 isn't even in the top 5 and Silver Linings Playbook is!
Awesome box office! Movie 43 isn't even in the top 5 and Silver Linings Playbook is!
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3:43PM on 01/27/2013

:O

I wonder if January always has the lowest box office numbers.
I wonder if January always has the lowest box office numbers.
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3:33PM on 01/27/2013
Way to go Silver Linings staying in the game!
Way to go Silver Linings staying in the game!
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3:05PM on 01/27/2013
Also very happy and excited to see Silver Linings Playbook still going strong. Saw that movie again this week and it was better the second time around. The movie deserves all the attention and praise it has been getting and I hope it's able to get a couple of wins at the Oscars next month. It's easily tied for my favorite movie of all time. It just hit me in such a personal way.
Also very happy and excited to see Silver Linings Playbook still going strong. Saw that movie again this week and it was better the second time around. The movie deserves all the attention and praise it has been getting and I hope it's able to get a couple of wins at the Oscars next month. It's easily tied for my favorite movie of all time. It just hit me in such a personal way.
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11:22PM on 01/27/2013
you must seriously have no life whatsoever to be able to see all these movies, unless mommy & daddy always pay?
you must seriously have no life whatsoever to be able to see all these movies, unless mommy & daddy always pay?
12:48AM on 01/28/2013
You mad?
You mad?
12:49AM on 01/28/2013
Cause you're a little bitch?
Cause you're a little bitch?
3:01PM on 01/27/2013
I also hope that we also get a sequel to Hansel and Gretel because if you saw the film you can tell that they set it up for one and that there is so much more that they can do with the characters. Especially with Gretel's character.
I also hope that we also get a sequel to Hansel and Gretel because if you saw the film you can tell that they set it up for one and that there is so much more that they can do with the characters. Especially with Gretel's character.
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2:59PM on 01/27/2013

Hansel and Gretel

I saw Hansel and Gretel on Friday night and loved every minute of it. The whole movie is enterianing and moves at a great pace. I know that most people will probably think it's a dumb movie or that it looks bad, but I don't care. The movie was awesome and a bloody good time. It was a real blast and the movie knew what it was, a hardcore rated r film with plenty of violence and dark humor. The movie is unlike anything I have ever seen when it came to something like this.

Renner and Arterton
I saw Hansel and Gretel on Friday night and loved every minute of it. The whole movie is enterianing and moves at a great pace. I know that most people will probably think it's a dumb movie or that it looks bad, but I don't care. The movie was awesome and a bloody good time. It was a real blast and the movie knew what it was, a hardcore rated r film with plenty of violence and dark humor. The movie is unlike anything I have ever seen when it came to something like this.

Renner and Arterton made the perfect Hansel and Gretel and I thought they kicked ass and though they both made their characters their own. I would definelty suggest checking out Hansel and Gretel. The movie is awesome and one of the best films I have seen in awhile.
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8:25PM on 01/27/2013
It looks fun to me. Kinda reminds me of Van Helsing, which I liked.
It looks fun to me. Kinda reminds me of Van Helsing, which I liked.
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