Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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January 28th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” took top honors in box office rankings during its debut weekend, earning $19 million. After surviving a near-fatal encounter with a malevolent witch, a young brother and sister vow to spend their lives hunting down witches. As adults, Hansel and Gretel are lethal bounty hunters, but there is still one witch who may be dangerous enough to outsmart the pair and finish what started in the gingerbread house. The movie has an R rating for nudity, mature content, language, and gory violence.

“Parker” brought in $7 million during its first weekend in theaters. Parker is a thief with his own moral code. Although he lives an outlaw’s life, he believes in treating others with fairness and dignity. His main rule is that he always seeks revenge against anyone who wrongs him. When Parker’s own crew abandons him, he will go to any lengths to exact his vengeance. The R rating is due to mature content, strong violence, nudity, and language.

Continuing Films

“Mama” earned $12,860,000, with total box office returns of more than $48 million. Lucas and Annabel agree to look after Lucas’s two young nieces, who have suffered a traumatic event and spent years surviving on their own. When something bad happens to Lucas, reluctant Annabel has to look after the little girls on her own, but a mysterious and ominous threat complicates everything. The horror film’s PG-13 rating is due to terror, violence, disturbing images, and thematic elements.

“Silver Linings Playbook” brought in an additional $10 million, adding to its overall total of over $69 million. Pat and Tiffany meet during a time of life that is difficult for both of them. Tiffany comes up with an idea that requires Pat’s help. Although Pat is initially reluctant to get too close to the eccentric young woman, their friendship slowly blooms, holding the promise of healing and redemption. The R rating is due to mature content, language, and nudity.

“Zero Dark Thirty” took fourth place with box office returns of $9,800,000. The film has earned more than $69 million since its release. Following the attacks that devastated the country on September 11, 2001, the CIA channels much of its energy towards tracking down Osama bin Laden. Maya has spent most of her short CIA career trying to find the terrorist, but if she wants to get answers, she may have to resort to serious measures. Kathryn Bigelow’s film has an R rating for language and disturbing images.

“Django Unchained” earned $5,005,000. During its five weeks in theaters, Quentin Tarantino’s flashy Western has made more than $146 million. A wealthy ex-dentist travels the countryside as a bounty hunter. When he meets a slave named Django, Dr. Schultz purchases the man’s freedom and teaches him the ways of the bounty hunter. Django quickly becomes a skilled fighter, and he knows exactly who he will target: the man who has his wife. “Django Unchained” has an R rating for a vicious fight, nudity, language, and strong violence.

Movies to DVD

“Hotels Transylvania” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 29. Mavis is turning 118 years old, and her doting father has created a guest list of all the world’s most famous monsters to come together and celebrate. Unfortunately for her father, all Mavis really wants is to get out and see the world. Unfortunately for Mavis, her father, Dracula, is far too overprotective. The family-friendly animated feature has a PG rating for scary images, action sequences, and rude humor.

“Seven Psychopaths” stars Colin Farrell as Marty, a screenwriter with a lot of ambition but not much motivation. When his wild and irresponsible friends accidentally pull Marty into a complicated plot, he might just end up with inspiration for his writing project … either that, or he could end up dead. The irreverent flick has an R rating for violence, drug use, nudity, mature content, language, and bloody images.

“Paranormal Activity 4” takes place after the events of the original “Paranormal Activity” (2007), when Katie has started a new life. When Katie mysteriously lands in the hospital, her adopted son, Robbie, has to stay with the neighbors. Although they originally welcome Robbie, the Nelsons are not ready for the strange occurrences that seem to happen whenever the boy is around. The R rating is due to language and some violence and terror.

“The Cold Light of Day” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 29. During what should be a relaxing trip to Spain to visit his family, Will Shaw faces a baffling mystery when his entire family vanishes. The lives of his loved ones hang in the balance as Will tries to find the answers. The PG-13 rating is due to language and intense sequences of action and violence.