Friday Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Tops PARKER and MOVIE 43 with $6 Million

     January 26, 2013

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Nearly a year after it was first scheduled to hit theatres, Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is poised to take first place at the weekend box office. The R-rated fantasy starring Jeremy Renner earned an estimated $6 million from its 3,372 locations on Friday, suggesting a three-day total of $15 million. That’s $5 million short of studio expectations; but it’s not bad for a film with a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fellow-newcomer Movie 43 claimed a 6% RT rank and see what happened? On Friday, the collection of comedy shorts earned $1.8 million from 2,023 locations and is looking at a weekend of just $5 million. FilmDistrict’s Parker, the last of the R-rated newcomers, saw an opening of $2.1 million from 2,224 locations. The action movie could get as high as $6 million by Sunday: an opening that would fall below both Killer Elite and Safe on the list of Jason Statham’s recent disappointments. Check back tomorrow for full results.

Title Friday Total
1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $6,025,000 $6
2. Mama $3,800,000 $39.5
3. Silver Linings Playbook $2,337,000 $61.8
4. Zero Dark Thirty $2,325,000 $62.4
5. Parker $2,130,000 $2.1
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