Derrik J. Lang
The Associated Press
Other films opening over the weekend didn’t fare as well. The crime thriller Parker, starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, debuted in fifth place with $ 7 million, while Relativity Media’s raunchy ensemble comedy Movie 43 opened in the seventh spot with $ 5 million.
Several best-picture Academy Awards contenders continued to benefit from Oscar buzz, as well as the motion picture academy’s decision to move up this year’s nomination announcements, giving nominees more time in theatres between the unveiling of the nominations and the Feb. 24 ceremony.
Django Unchained, which is nominated for five Oscars, took in $ 5 million in sixth place, and the musical Les Miserables, which is up for eight Academy Awards, earned $ 3.9 million in the 10th position. It was the fifth weekend for both films.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, $ 19 million.
2. Mama, $ 12.8 million.
3. Silver Linings Playbook, $ 10 million.
4. Zero Dark Thirty, $ 9.8 million.
5. Parker, $ 7 million.
6. Django Unchained, $ 5 million.
7. Movie 43, $ 5 million.
8. Gangster Squad, $ 4.2 million.
9. Broken City, $ 4 million.
10. Les Miserables, $ 3.9 million.