Paramount’s R-rated Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters took the #1 spot at the box office on the last weekend of January without much trouble. The other two new wide released flicks, both also R-rated, disappointed in 5th and 7th place.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was initially scheduled to come out last March, but for various reason the studio pushed the action-comedy way back. In that window star Jeremy Renner turned a gigantic hit with The Avengers and an ok success with The Bourne Legacy. So what can he do for this $50 million 3D film? Not that much it seems, but alas, Hansel and Gretel did open to a decent $19.6 million which puts the film on track to at least match its production budget in North America. The rest of the hard work (trying to get this film in the green) will be left on the shoulders around the world.
Mama, the PG-13 horror that could, was in 2nd with $13 million, down a very good (for the genre) 53.9%. So far this made $48.8 million in North America, that’s already more than 3 times its budget ($15 million). Between this and the next film in the chart, Jessica Chastain is having a fantastic start to 2013.
Yes, that other film starring redhead Jessica Chastain is Zero Dark Thirty, the much talked about thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow. With $9.7 million this past weekend, Zero Dark Thirty has come to a total of $69.8 million. The film is showing good box office legs but even so, it won’t be easy to crack the $100 million mark, unless it wins Best Picture (which I seriously doubt, although I haven’t seen it yet).
Another film nominated for Best Picture is Silver Lining Playbook, in 4th place with $9.4 million. Overall it’s neck a neck with Zero Dark Thirty, standing at $68.9 million. Very different movies this two, Silver Lining Playbook being a comedy and all. Also I actually saw this one and I have to say, easily one of the best movies of 2012 and well deserving of its many Oscar nominations. And unlike the thriller, Silver Lining Playbook might make it to $100 million without the help of a Best Picture win.
New release Parker, starring Jason Statham, rounds out the top 5 with $7 million. Outside franchises, that opening is in line with some of the past work of Mr. Statham (Safe opened to $7.8 million last year while Killer Elite did $9.3 million in 2011).
In 6th Django Unchained took $4.9 million for a total of $146.2 million while new entry Movie 43 opened with $4.8 million. Based on public and critical reception, Movie 43 could be a serious contender for worst movie of the year and with that cast, ouch.