Though January is almost over, the three films coming out tomorrow are the perfect example of what a January weekend is normally like. There’s the delayed project, the studio toss-off, and the B-movie action picture. And only one screened for critics. That’s January. That’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Movie 43 and Parker.
Hansel was originally scheduled to come out in March of last year, and if this sounds like a familiar story, it’s because so much of what’s coming out in 2013 was originally scheduled for 2012. Paramount said they delayed the picture because they wanted to ride the coattails of Jeremy Renner‘s upcoming movies The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy. Not a bad idea all things. And maybe it was the right decision, at least now they have a name. Gemma Arterton seemed to have her chance, but after the Clash of the Titans remake and Prince of Persia, it’s fair to say she didn’t take. Going out in 3D and on Imax screens, they’ll probably have an okay opening weekend, and then die a quick death.
Movie 43 is feature length.
Jason Statham has become a reliable performer, even if his films benefit more from international numbers than domestic. This has an all star B-movie cast, and should have enough action for what it is, but his films often open around ten million. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Expect a little less with this one.
So, for the weekend:
- Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - $19.5 Million
- Mama – $12.5 Million
- Zero Dark Thirty – $11 Million
- Silver Linings Playbook – $8.7 Million
- Parker - $7.7 Million
The new pictures could do worse, maybe a little better. But audiences seem to like Mama, so it could hold a little better. And the Oscar pictures should hold steady.
What are you going to watch this weekend?