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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Weak Openers Led by 'Hansel and Gretel'

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood January 27, 2013 at 1:26PM

Things picked up on Saturday after poor box office performance Friday due to Eastern weather. But it was still a weak result overall, with the Top Ten down about 25% from last weekend (even without major football competition) and about $6 million under last year (which saw a slight bump for two new Oscar nominees).
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6. Movie 43 (Relativity) NEW - Cinemascore: D; Metacritic score: 18

$5,000,000 in 2,023 theaters; PSA: $2,472; Cumulative: $5,000,000

At least its production cost was only $6 million (although marketing likely was some degree higher), which makes the low gross for this episodic gross-out comedy less disastrous. With multiple directors (including co-producer Peter Farrelly and Brett Ratner) and a cast more star-driven than any SAG Ensemble nominees this year (Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone among the many big names), this ranked with "Hansel and Gretel" in awful reviews, but far worse in audience reaction based on its Cinemascore.

What comes next: This will barely eke out a second week.

7. Django Unchained (Weinstein) Week 5; Last weekend: #7

$5,005,000 (-35%) in 2,007 theaters (-509); PSA: $2,484; Cumulative: $146,295,000

After some steeper drops, "Django" held quite well this weekend, even with losing a fifth of its theaters, again likely aided by the lack of compelling new films among those trekking to theaters.

What comes next: With internationally opening strong last week and more business yet to come at home, this looks like even adjusting for inflation the combined total could still outgross "Pulp Fiction."

8. Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.) Week 3; Last weekend: #4

$4,200,000 (-51%) in 2,590 theaters (-513); PSA: $1,622; Cumulative: $39,647,000

Another big drop as this big-name cast period crime drama takes another big drop in its likely final week in the top ten.

What comes next: This has opened in only scattered territories so far, with Britain and Australia performing better than domestic results. This suggests as the rest of the world plays off this might end up closer to breakeven than results so far indicate.

9. Broken City (20th Century-Fox); Week 2; Last weekend: #5

$4,000,000 (-51%) in 2,622 theaters (+2); PSA: $1,526; Cumulative: $15,270,000

A big drop after a weak opening that even with its relatively small budget ($35 million before marketing costs) puts this production deep in the hole before learning if international will be able to make up for much of it.

What comes next: Very little domestic business left.

10. Les Miserables (Universal); Week 5; Last weekend: #8

$3,912,000 (-48%) in 2,201 theaters (-378); PSA: $1,777; Cumulative: $137,237,000

Barely edging "Lincoln" for 10th place in the estimates (this could change with actual figures tomorrow), "Les Miserables" has seen its best days after a very successful run.

What comes next: Not likely to be able to keep running until the Oscars at any significant level, despite Anne Hathaway's possible Best Supporting Actress win ahead.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.