‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ wins box office, ‘Movie 43’ flops

By Daniel S Levine,

It was a slow weekend at the box office, with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters needing less than $20 million to come out on top. The other two new wide releases - Parker and Movie 43 - both flopped.

Hansel and Gretel, which stars Jeremy Renner and is a twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was produced by Paramount and MGM for $50 million. According to Box Office Mojo, it grossed $19 million. That’s better than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a similar genre film that grossed $16.3 million on opening weekend last year.

The film was ripped apart by critics, but audiences seem to like it enough, giving it a “B” CinemaScore grade. It has a chance to hit $50 million and the foreign box office should give ita boost to save it from being a total flop.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Jessica Chastain’s horror film Mama slid to No. 2, grossing $12.9 million. It’s up to $48.7 million in total, making it 2013’s highest grossing release in the early going.

Silver Linings Playbook climbed to third with $10 million, with Zero Dark Thirty right behind with $9.8 million.

Jason Statham’s latest action flick Parker grossed just $7 million, matching some low expectations. FilmDistrict made the film for $35 million.

Movie 43 made just $5 million. The comedy features an all-star cast (including Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Halle Berry), but was savaged by critics. Roger Ebert even gave it zero stars. Looks like we won't be getting a Movie 44.

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