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'Hansel & Gretel' tops box office with $19M

Gemma Arterton plays Gretel and Jeremy Renner plays

Gemma Arterton plays Gretel and Jeremy Renner plays Hansel in "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Credit: Paramount Pictures

LOS ANGELES - "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" cooked up $19 million in its opening weekend.

Paramount's R-rated action film, based loosely on the classic fairy tale and starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, topped the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Other films opening over the weekend didn't fare as well. The crime thriller "Parker," starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, made its debut in fifth place with $7 million, and Relativity Media's raunchy ensemble comedy "Movie 43" opened in the seventh spot with $5 million. box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian noted that it was the first time box-office grosses were down over the previous year after four straight up weekends.

Universal's supernatural horror film "Mama" -- starring Jessica Chastain -- dropped to second place with $12.8 million in its second weekend.

Several Academy Award contenders for best picture continued to benefit from Oscar buzz, as well as the motion picture academy's decision to move up the nomination announcements, giving nominees more time in theaters between the unveiling of the nominations and the Feb. 24 ceremony.

"Silver Linings Playbook," which is up for eight Academy Awards, came in third place with $10 million. The film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is in its 11th weekend of release.

"Zero Dark Thirty," the Osama bin Laden manhunt drama also starring Chastain, dropped to fourth place with $9.8 million. It's competing in five categories at the Academy Awards.

"Django Unchained," which has been nominated for five Oscars, took in $5 million in sixth place, and the musical "Les Miserables," which is up for eight Academy Awards, earned $3.9 million in the 10th position. It was the fifth weekend for both films.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," $19 million.

2. "Mama," $12.8 million.

3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $10 million.

4. "Zero Dark Thirty," $9.8 million.

5. "Parker," $7 million.

6. "Django Unchained," $5 million.

7. "Movie 43," $5 million.

8. "Gangster Squad,"$4.2 million.

9. "Broken City," $4 million.

10. "Les Miserables," $3.9 million.

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