Weekend box office: Hansel & Gretel beat out Movie 43 and Parker

Weekend box office: Jeremy Renner in Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters F

There’s just something depressing about the weekend box office towards the end of January. This is where movies go to die, so when a movie like HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is #1 at the box office, it’s almost insulting. But the film didn’t have much competition since the other new movies that opened up this weekend were actually worse, if that’s possible. The ensemble comedy MOVIE 43 was just as unwatchable as everyone thought it would be and it’s no surprise that everyone one involved refused to do press for the release. But I would have thought with that many stars and that many comedic opportunities, they would have generated at least a few laughs. But no, I was wrong. And there’s PARKER, which would be fine for a typical Jason Statham action movie, but it felt like the studio might have thought they had something more on their hands, but obviously, they didn’t. If Jennifer Lopez was looking for a movie to bring her back to the spotlight, it probably wasn’t a good idea to rely on Jason Statham.

Next week sees the release of the zombie romantic comedy WARM BODIES along with Sylvester Stallone’s BULLET TO THE HEAD. WARM BODIES actually looks kind of fun, but I’m cautiously optimistic they don’t blow the great premise. As for BULLET TO THE HEAD…well…it’s a delayed Stallone movie with a ton of production problems and a couple of really awful trailers, so that doesn’t bode well. But at least it will be a surprise as to who will take the #1 spot next week. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $18m

2. Mama $13.2m

3. Silver Linings Playbook $9.3m

4. Zero Dark Thirty $9m

5. Parker $7.2m

6. Django Unchained $4.8m

7. Les Miserables $4.1m

8. Gangster Squad $4.1m

9. Movie 43 $4m

10. Broken City $3.8m

(Deadline)

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