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'Hansel' Slays 'Parker,' 'Movie 43' This Weekend

27 January 2013 11:45 AM, PST

On a relatively slow weekend at the box office, newcomer Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters easily claimed the top spot with a decent $19.7 million opening. Meanwhile, Parker and Movie 43 had terrible debuts, and as a result the Top 12 was off over 10 percent from the same weekend last year.Hansel and Gretel's $19.7 million start is better than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's $16.3 million and The Brothers Grimm's $15.1 million, though it's about even with Grimm in estimated ticket sales. While that's definitely not a great start, it's passable for a $50 million production that's been wasting away on the shelf for the last year. The movie benefited from a clearly articulated premise (it's right there in the title), action-packed commercials, and a lead actor (Jeremy Renner) who has seen his stock go up significantly in the last two years.While Hansel and Gretel has been savaged by critics (15 percent »

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Friday Report: 'Hansel' Leads, 'Parker,' 'Movie 43' Tank

26 January 2013 10:37 AM, PST

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters got off to a modest start on Friday, though that was good enough for first place at the start of a quiet weekend at the box office. Meanwhile, Parker had a poor debut even by star Jason Statham's low standards, while Movie 43 is officially on its way to becoming one of the year's biggest bombs. Hansel and Gretel opened to $6.025 million at 3,372 locations on Friday. That's a bit below last Summer's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ($6.25 million), but above 2005's The Brothers Grimm ($5.2 million). The audience was 55 percent male and 57 percent were 25 years of age or older, and they awarded the movie a "B" CinemaScore (impressive, considering its Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 14 percent).For the weekend, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters should wind up in first place with between $15 and $17 million. Last weekend's winner Mama fell to second place with an estimated $3.8 million. »

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Forecast: 'Hansel' Set to Slay 'Movie 43,' 'Parker' This Weekend

24 January 2013 5:01 PM, PST

For evidence that January is a dumping ground for bad product, look no further than this weekend: as of mid-afternoon on Thursday, the three new nationwide releases had a grand total of seven reviews up on Rotten Tomatoes, all of which were negative. Still, in 3,372 locations*around 2,900 of which will play the movie in 3D*Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters appears poised to open high enough to take first place from Mama. Meanwhile, Movie 43 and Parker will both likely debut to less than $10 million. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was originally supposed to be released last March, but was pushed back to January 2013 for undisclosed reasons. What this did accomplish, at least, was to allow Jeremy Renner to become a more recognizable star following The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, which combined to gross nearly $1.8 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, Renner still isn't a proven box office draw, so »

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Django' Beats 'Basterds' in Overseas Debut

22 January 2013 3:41 PM, PST

After setting a new Quentin Tarantino record at the domestic box office, Django Unchained got off to a fantastic start overseas this weekend. The movie grossed $49.4 million from 54 markets, which is up over 30 percent on Inglourious Basterds across the same territories. That's particularly impressive considering Basterds was a European-set World War II movie, while Django is a Western set in the American South (rarely appealing to foreign audiences). Django's great start in spite of its genre challenges can be attributed to the personnel involved. Quentin Tarantino's brand is clearly at an all-time high following the critical and commercial success of Inglourious Basterds, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson range from international superstar (DiCaprio) to highly recognizable at least (Foxx and Waltz). Django had great first place debuts in Germany ($9.6 million), France ($7.3 million), Italy ($4.3 million) and Spain ($3.3 million). It also performed well in Russia ($5.4 million »

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Weekend Report: 'Mama' Haunts First Place Over Mlk Weekend

21 January 2013 12:27 PM, PST

While it's hard to say what, if any, impact she had, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ruled the box office over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with Mama and Zero Dark Thirty. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook expanded to over 2,500 locations and had its best weekend yet, and stars Mark Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined bombs Broken City and The Last Stand. Mama drastically exceeded expectations with a $28.4 million three-day debut ($32.15 million four-day). While the supernatural horror genre is pretty reliable, this is an unusually high opening for an entry that doesn't utilize found footage; in fact, it's the genre's top non-found-footage debut since 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose ($30.1 million). Also, in just three days it earned more than producer Guillermo del Toro's last movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark earned in its entire run ($24 million). Aside from the advantages inherent to the genre, Mama also benefited from a »

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