Mania Box Office Report: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Win (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Monday, January 28, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

Here it is Maniacs, your Box Office Report. Sorry for the lack there of last week. With the holiday, our resources for these numbers, Box Office Mojo, hadn’t posted their numbers until Monday. Sites such as IMDB post similar numbers, but they are not as nearly in depth as Box Office Mojo.


Despite the critics pandering of the film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters still won the box office this weekend. I would like to say that mindless fun obviously appeals to movie goers in January, but titles like Mama, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty in the top 5 say otherwise.


Box Office Mojo columnist Ruby Spears and this report on Hansel and Gretel taking the weekend: “Hansel and Gretel's estimated $19 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.” 


 

Rank

 

Movie

 

Weekend

 

Theaters

 

Average

 

Total

 

Budget

1

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

 

$19,000,000

3,372

$5,635

$19,000,000

$50

2

Mama

 

$12,860,000

2,682

$4,795

$48,648,000

$15

3

Silver Linings Playbook

 

$10,000,000

2,641

$3,786

$69,465,000

$21

4

Zero Dark Thirty

 

$9,800,000

2,929

$3,346

$69,904,000

$40

5

Parker

 

$7,000,000

2,224

$3,147

$7,000,000

-

6

Django Unchained

 

$5,005,000

2,007

$2,494

$146,295,000

$100

7

Movie 43

 

$5,000,000

2,023

$2,472

$5,000,000

$6

8

Gangster Squad

 

$4,200,000

2,590

$1,622

$39,647,000

$35

9

Broken City

 

$4,000,000

2,622

$1,526

$15,270,000

$61

10

Les Miserables

 

$3,912,000

2,201

$1,777

$137,237,000

$65



This week we have three options to pick up from. The new Stallone film, Bullet to the Head (meh). Stand Up Guys looks to be fun and has a cast worth watching in Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken, and Al Pacino. That will fall into my second feature for the weekend. The first is the zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies. I’ll be handling the review on this for Mania and plan to see in New York City this week. 




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