A snow storm in the Northeast didn’t help the movie business over the weekend, but “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” still managed to finish first at the box office with a score of $19 million domestically, which was about 26% more than projected. The presence of Jeremy Renner, one of the most bankable action stars in the movies, didn’t hurt either. The film also took in an additional $25 million in foreign markets.
The horror movie about a couple of creepy little girls, “Mama,” continued selling well taking in $12.9 million in its second week in release. Jessica Chastain has a principal role in the film, which is helping ticket sales.
One of the surprise hits of 2012, and a motion picture nominated for several awards, “Silver Linings Playbook,” continued performing well based on good publicity and strong word-of-mouth. It finished third over the weekend with $10 million.
“Zero Dark Thirty,” the story of the CIA hunt for and killing of Osama Bin Laden, was fourth over the weekend with $9.8 million.
The new action movie “Parker,” starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, open with a weak total of $7 million. Lopez has yet to prove she is a movie star with clout at the box office. For all the details of last weekend’s box office e results, click on the link below.
The zombie film “Warm Bodies” is one of several new movies opening February 1.