|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Par.||$19,690,956||-||3,372||-||$5,840||$19,690,956||$50||1|
|3||2||Zero Dark Thirty||Sony||$9,700,132||-38.6%||2,929||-17||$3,312||$69,803,979||$40||6|
|4||3||Silver Linings Playbook||Wein.||$9,444,039||-12.2%||2,641||+118||$3,576||$68,908,666||$21||11|
|9||8||Les Miserables (2012)||Uni.||$4,221,055||-43.7%||2,201||-378||$1,918||$137,546,205||$61||5|
Jeremy Renner is mostly known for a lot of films. He headlines the 2010 Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. The latter director's film currently also has the 3rd place in the chart. Although he did not win in the Best Actor category, Renner went on to star in big-budget productions such as Mission Impossible 4 and the fourth Bourne movie.
And not to forget his role as Hawkeye in both Thor and The Avengers. His roles are many in such mega budgets that it's hard to pin him down to a B-movie. Paramount's latest release Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters showcases that all those heavy costs return abundant revenues. The number 1 movie of the weekend also stars British starlet Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia) along with Famke Janssen (Mother in Taken 1 +2). Directed and co-written by Tommy Wirkola whose last theatrical movie was the cult Dead Snow in 2009, that included Nazi Zombies and was a dark-fantasy comedy. H and G falls into the same genre and has also become a hit in Russian theatres. The original tale was written by Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. So Hollywood did not hesitate to transform the innocent children into Witchhunters and give it both a 3-D and IMAX release.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has commenced with an approximate $20m off $50m and will definitely cross the $50m mark in the States alone. The second new entry Parker was destined to launch at no. 5. There are a number of reasons: Jason Statham hasn't had a good film since Crank 2 except The Expendables 1+2. Other releases like The Transporter 3 and Safe were well below average. So I don't expect much from his latest venture except Jennifer Lopez's presence. But even that did not save it from Box Office doom.
The last new introduction is made by Movie 43 on the 7th spot. I never even heard of it coming out but it stars the biggest ensemble cast of all time. The list makes The Expendables series look weak in comparison. Sadly, even with such a cast and with a variety of experienced directors, it fell into both critical and commercial mayhem. Rotten Tomatoes has it scored with 4% and my favourite network Chicago Sun-Times giving it a 0 out 4 stars.
The number in the title might refer to the number of recognised actors in the film. It has a total of 12 different storylines and I hope you can make out the big names in the poster. Movie 43 has grossed $4m from $6m in its opening domestic market. Even with the worldwide gross it won't be a blockbuster. Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers who've directed big comedy hits such as Dumb and Dumber, and Me, Myself and Irene, has directed two segments. The latter film being one of my favourite comedies of all time starring Jim Carrey. In addition, they directed The Three Stooges in 2011 which was above-average. But every director has his bad film. Maybe it was due to the lack of his brother's assistance that there were such non-optimistic reviews.
Brett Ratner (Rush Hour series) has also directed a part and actress Elizabeth Banks also directing and starring in one.
Horror film Mama is at number two and is based on a 2008 Spanish-language feature. The executive producer is Guilermo del Toro known for his obscure visionary works. Critics have praised the movie and it was in the top spot last week, mainly due to the anticipation of many horror fans of del Toro.
Another interesting fact is that both Mama and Zero Dark Thirty star the pretty Jessica Chastain. Last year Charlize Theron had major roles in two movies that both coincided in the top 5.
That's all from me folks. Check out the trailer of Zero Dark Thirty below based on the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. Well, I also acknowledged the actual chase as a flick too.
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)