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January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount’s retelling of the Hansel and Gretel tale, tricked out as an R-rated horror flick titled Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, took the lead at the box office over the weekend. But with only $19.7 million in the till, it will have to struggle to recoup the $50 million that it cost to produce. In its second week, Universal’s Mama, another horror flick, but with a PG-13 rating, dropped a respectable 54 percent, to take second place with $13.1 million and bring its domestic total to $48.9 million. The sixth week of Sony’s Zero Dark Thirty placed third with $9.7 million, just edging out the eleventh week of The Weinstein Co.’s Silver Linings Playbook with $9.4 million. Rounding out the top five was FilmDistrict’s Parker, with an opening-week total of just $7 million. (The opening week of Relativity Media’s Movie 43 had a worse fate, winding up with just $4.8 million.) Overall, the box office was down 11 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago when the opening of Open Road Films’ The Grey led with $19.7 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Paramount, $19,690,956, (New); 2. Mama, Universal, $13,088,145, 2 Wks. ($48,875,585); 3. Zero Dark Thirty, Sony, $9,700,132, 6 Wks. ($69,803,979); 4. Silver Linings Playbook, The Weinstein Co. $9,444,039, 11 Wks. ($68,908,666); 5. Parker, FilmDistrict, $7,008,222, (New); 6. Django Unchained, The Weinstein Co. $4,946,932, 5 Wks. ($146,236,758); 7. Movie 43, Relativity Media, $4,805,878, (New); 8. Gangster Squad, Warner Bros., $4,278,235, 3 Wks. ($39,725,102); 9. Les Misérables, Universal, $4,221,055, 5 Wks. ($137,546,205); 10. Broken City, Fox, $4,019,558, 2 Wks. ($15,289,547).