Box Office: 'Hansel and Gretel' Kill the Competition as 'Movie 43' Falters

Hansel and Gretel hunted audience members as well as witches over the weekend, earning just enough to grab the top slot at a weakened box office.
The horror/fairy-tale hybrid only banked $19M over the three-day frame … a number that isn’t necessarily going to set the world on fire. It might not even be enough to greenlight å possible sequel (though anything is possible if word-of-mouth helps H&G continue to earn money over the next few weeks). But with most of the other new releases underperforming, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton cast a spell on the competition and topped last weekend’s leader, Mama.
As we get closer to the Oscars telecast, contenders like David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty have continued to add to their totals. They have now each banked $69M – coincidence!
Meanwhile, Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez had just enough star power to drive the action thriller Parker to a $7M opening figure. And the raunchy ensemble comedy Movie 43 decided not to screen for critics across the country, so even though it has one of the most celebrity-driven casts that Hollywood has ever seen, it only earned an estimated $5M … a sever disappointment no matter the movie. 
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
1. Hansel and Gretel, $19M
2. Mama, $12.8M, $48.6M
3. Silver Linings Playbook, $10M, $69.4M
4. Zero Dark Thirty, $9.8M, $69.9M
5. Parker, $7M
6. Django Unchained, $5M, $146.2M
7. Movie 43, $5M
8. Gangster Squad, $4.2M, $39.6M 
9. Broken City, $4M, $15.2M
10. Les Miserables, $3.9M, $137.2M 
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