Box Office: Hansel & Gretel Slays Parker, Celeb-Filled Movie 43

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Movie PosterGemma Arterton in tight black leather apparently won the weekend, as the actress’s actioner “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” took the top spot at the box office, beating out fellow newcomers “Parker” and “Movie 43”. I had weighed the pros and cons of reviewing the Jason Statham starring “Parker”, but in the end decided against it for one reason: It’s a Jason Statham movie. If you know what that means, then well, you know what that means. It’s no better or worse than any of Statham’s other “Jason Statham movie”. Frankly, I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult. I’ll leave it to you to decide.

As for “Movie 43”, there were no critical reviews when it opened this Friday, mostly because the studio didn’t bother letting anyone see it before they slipped it into theaters to the tune of $5 million over the weekend. That was enough to land the movie at #7, and according to studio estimates, that’s about $5,000 short of unseating holdover “Django Unchained”, which managed #6 in its fifth week of release. Amusingly, “Django” was #7 last week, but still moved up one spot. The bloody Quentin Tarantino Western has earned $146 million so far and $257 million worldwide. The film is currently Tarantino’s second biggest hit, with the director’s WWII jaunt “Inglourious Basterds” capping off at $321 million worldwide back in 2009.

Tommy Wirkola’s ridiculously over-the-top action film “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” landed in first place with $19 million, unseating last week’s #1, the horror flick “Mama”, which fell to second place with an additional $12.8 million. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror movie is a bona fide hit with $48 million under its belt in just two weeks. The film, featuring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as adopted parents of two girls being looked after by a supernatural entity, was made on the cheap with a $15 million production budget, though its heavy promotional cost easily surpasses that.


Katheryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden movie “Zero Dark Thirty” continues to do decent if not spectacular business, adding another $9.8 million to its coffers, and giving it almost $70 million so far. The film should continue to recoup some of its $40 million dollar production budget as it continues to make the awards circuit. David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, on the other hand, continues to surprise. The small drama starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence maintained its hold on the #3 spot at the box office, adding another $10 million to its $69 million total. Like “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Silver Linings Playbook” is being helped by awards season.

Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in Parker (2013) Movie Image

Via : Box Office Mojo