HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS KILLS OFF U.S. BOX OFFICE COMPETITION
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - Jeremy Renner 's new action movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has debuted
atop the U.S. box office with takings of $19 million (=C2£11.88 million)..
The film, a modernised version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, knocked Jessica Chastain's horror Mama into second place with $12.8 million (=C2£8 million), while Silver Linings Playbook received a big boost ahead of next month's (Feb13) Academy Awards as cinema-goers flocked to see the Oscar favourite, sending it back up the box office chart to take third place with a $10 million (=C2£6.25 million) gross in its 11th week of release.
In contrast, Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham's crime thriller Parker opened with a disappointing $7 million (=C2£4.38 million), behind Zero Dark Thirty at four with $9.8 million (=C2£6.13 million).
Another flop was Peter Farrelly's outrageous ensemble comedy Movie 43, which scraped into seventh place with a poor $5 million (=C2£3.13 million).
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