A combination of lousy weather and lousy movies flattened the box office over the weekend. Not a single film crossed the $20-million mark, although the top film, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters lived up to most predictions with an estimated haul of $19 million. Last weekend's winner, the PG-13-rated horror flick Mama, dropped 54.7 percent to place second with about $12.86 million. Still holding strong in its eleventh week was the Weinstein Co.'s ensemble comedy Silver Linings Playbook, which slipped a minute 7 percent to $10 million. But two newcomers, Film District's Parker, directed by Taylor Hackford, and Relativity's all-star Movie 43, tanked, earning around $7 million and $5 million respectively. Overall, the box office was down nearly 20 percent from the same weekend a year ago.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Hansel and 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 MisÃ©rables, $3.9 million.
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