“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, new in theaters this weekend, claimed the top spot at the box office with a decent $19 million opening. Meanwhile, “Parker” and “Movie 43″ faltered, according to Box Office Mojo.
“Hansel and Gretel” has not done well with critics — it received only 18%, at this writing, on Rotten Tomatoes — though audiences graded it better with a “B” CinemaScore, so it may reach $50 million by the end of its run. With overseas totals, it should come in above $100 million.
The movie’s audience was 55 percent male and 57 percent were 25 years of age or older. 3D showings accounted for 66 percent of the gross (55 percent regular 3D, 11 percent IMAX 3D).
In second place, last weekend’s winner “Mama“ fell 55 percent to an estimated $12.9 million, and “Silver Linings Playbook” held on to third place this weekend with an estimated $10 million, putting its total so far at $69.5 million.
“Zero Dark Thirty,” in its third weekend in nationwide release, dipped 38 percent to an estimated $9.8 million. The Oscar-nominated CIA thriller has grossed $69.9 million so far, but with Oscar buzz diminishing (and it lost out to “Argo” at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards) , it may come in below $100 million.
“Parker” opened in fifth place with an estimated $7 million from 2,224 locations this weekend and “Movie 43″ tanked at seventh place with just $5 million. That’s lower than practically any comparable titles, including spoof comedy “Disaster Movie” ($5.8 million), so I guess all those stars in a crappy movie don’t pay off.