As predicted, Mama and Zero Dark Thirty topped the box office. Mama raked in $28.4 million while Zero Dark Thirty came in second with $15.8 million. The third spot goes to Silver Linings Playbook at $10.8 million with Gangster Squad ($8.64M) in fourth place and Broken City ($8.27M) in fifth. So what does that mean for the new releases this weekend? The action packed Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has been promoted endlessly, but so have Parker and Movie 43.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R)-It seems like Hollywood is pumping out 3D movies like tomorrow may never come. So why should the action packed Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters be any different? The film is loaded with high tense action, scary witches, and more gore than I'm sure The Brother's Grimm has intended when the story was first published. Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are siblings who, after their own near death experience with a witch, hunt and kill witches for a living. During one particular hunt they are confronted with a powerful witch, Muriel (Famke Janssen), who enlightens the siblings on their past.
Parker (R)-Jason Statham is one of the go to action stars of today. Though, some would argue that his best performance and the one that made him a star was all the way back in 2002 when he played Frank Martin in Transporter. Statham is Parker, a thief who enacts revenge on the people who double-crossed him. Accompanying Statham is the ever-popular Jennifer Lopez as Leslie Rodgers, a woman on the inside who agrees to help him for a small price. The film also stars Michael Chiklis as Melander, the leader behind the crew that Parker is after.
Movie 43 (R)-This film starts so many actors there isn't enough room to list them all. A few of those actors are Elizabeth Banks, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, and Kate Winslet. The movie is about teenagers who are looking for the most banned movie of all time. The movie is a series of short films that are directed by at least 10 different directors, most notably, Elizabeth Banks. It is full of taboo subjects, raunchy scenes, and over the top explicit language.
It will be surprising to see if any of these films can overtake Mama. Those who were unable to catch the unique horror film last weekend will more than likely see it this time around. The film is more accessible than those with an R rating so it seems the film will receive more traffic from adults and teenagers alike. If any of the new releases do stand a chance to steal the number 1 spot it would have to be Hansel and Gretel. While it is rated R there are many adults willing to catch it in its opening week.