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Mania Box Office Report: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Win

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By Robert T. Trate     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.” 
















Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
















Silver Linings Playbook








Zero Dark Thirty
















Django Unchained








Movie 43








Gangster Squad








Broken City








Les Miserables







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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redhairs99 1/28/2013 8:19:46 AM

Can't believe Hansel & Gretel placed number one, but then the numbers are down on the whole list.  Guess, they picked the right weekend to open.  The trailers for this did nothing for me.  Looks like a HBO or Cinemax viewing on it for me.

Didn't have the chance to get out to the theaters this weekend...wife was home sick all weekend.  Perhaps this coming weekend, we'll get out to see a flick, before the Super Bowl of course.

goirish83 1/28/2013 8:31:15 AM

Movie 43 had a few laughs, but that's all.  I would love to find out how all those A-List actors appeared in this movie.

makabriel 1/28/2013 8:43:06 AM

They're getting paid by scale, goirish.  Which probably means, not much *chuckle*

Wiseguy 1/28/2013 8:47:21 AM

I read they shot their scenes whenever available as opposed to a regular film under a firm schedule which is why it took so long to complete. Plus you take into account all the different directors so they all know someone so it becomes like friends doing a favor in the end.

Wyldstaar 1/28/2013 8:58:14 AM

Both of this weekends opening movies look as though they were cast through blackmail.  The producers must have sent a team of private investigators to sift through all these actors lives until they found something embarassing enough to force them into doing these movies.  At least with Movie 43, there are a few actors in that one that will do anything for a paycheck, but WTF is Jeremy Renner doing in H&G?  His agent needs to be fired.

Wiseguy 1/28/2013 9:02:39 AM

Over the last 2 weeks I caught up with Gangster Squad. Pretty cool flick but a bit over the top. I was expecting a true to life gritty film. This felt more like a R rated version of Dick Tracy. Still dug it though

Saw The Impossible. Pretty decent flick, another tearjerker very well acted. I found it pretty amazing it was based on a real life story about a family caught up in the tsunami

Broken City was OK. It felt a bit like a made for tv/cable film. With the names involved you'd think they would've come up a better story/mystery.

Last Stand was okay as well. Pretty good as a throwback to the '80s film. Good action and cool kills. Not surprised that it bombed but I am surprised at how badly it bombed. Guess Arnie's fan are not as loyal as I thought

Mama was also pretty good. Had a couple of mildly good scares and a decent story

Hansel and Gretel was fun. What can I say, some things are just that. It's like toilet humor, it just doesn't appeal to everyone

RobertTrate 1/28/2013 9:02:45 AM

 It sat on the shelf for a year. It is also a star vehicle and higher profile to be starring in a film, good reason to do a film. However int hat year he had Mission Impossible 4, Bourne, and Avengers. A year or two agao H & G was probably a good idea. 

Wiseguy 1/28/2013 9:05:19 AM

Pretty curious to see if Sly will top Arnie's opening. I'm checking out his movie, maybe Warm Bodies too not so sure about Stand Up Guys though.

hanso 1/28/2013 9:15:50 AM

 I forgive you Trate!

hanso 1/28/2013 9:21:36 AM

 I saw Stand Up Guys, I was disappointed by it.  I thought it'd be more gangster with the old school coming back to set the new kids straight but its basically 3 old guys hanging out during the course of 12 hrs or so.

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