Next time, "Hansel and Gretel" may want to spend more time hunting for viewers instead of witches, but despite a disappointingly tepid $19 million over its debut weekend, Jeremy Renner's latest film still managed to take the top spot at the box office.
Following "The Bourne Legacy," "The Avengers," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "The Town," this marks the fifth Renner film in a row to hit number one at the box office.
Of course, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" was helped by the fact that the weekend's other two new releases, "Parker" and "Movie 43," both went straight into the dumper. Debuting in a distant fifth place with just $7 million, Jason Statham's "Parker" still managed to finish ahead of "Movie 43," which earned — and we do mean earned — a spectacularly bad D Cinemascore rating from moviegoers en route to $5 million and a seventh place debut.
And Hollywood's prospects don't look so great for next weekend, either, as the Super Bowl is likely to be a much bigger draw than new releases "Warm Bodies," "Stand Up Guys" and "Bullet to the Head." That could mean more business for award season favorites like "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty," both of which stayed in the top five again this week.
Hey, sometimes making a good movie actually helps.
Here's a look at the full box office chart, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" - $19m
2. "Mama" - $12.9m (our review)
3. "Silver Linings Playbook" - $10m (our review)
4. "Zero Dark Thirty" - $9.8m (our review)
5. "Parker" - $7m (our review)
6. "Django Unchained" - $5m (our review)
7. "Movie 43" - $5m (our review)
8. "Gangster Squad" - $4.2m (our review)
9. "Broken City" - $4.0m (our review)
10. "Les Misérables" - $3.9m (our review)