The three studio movies released on January 25, 2013 were pretty much hidden from critics and apparently for good reasons. RottenTomatoes has Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters at 18% fresh - that's a pretty horrible rating, but not as bad as the A-list ensemble comedy Movie 43 which currently rests at a measly 5% fresh. Parker, the new action movie from Jason Statham and the actress you most associate with action films - singer Jennifer Lopez - is faring slightly better at 37%. So, what do the ratings mean? They mean that studios were right this time to keep their products away from film critics.
But critics weren't the only ones who failed to show up for screenings of this weekend's new releases. Audiences turned out in okay numbers for Hansel & Gretel; it didn't reach the mid-20 millions but at least it made it into the double digits. However Parker continued Jason Statham's streak of under-performing starring roles and Movie 43 proved that star power alone - the cast included Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Banks and Dennis Quaid - can not save a bad movie. Movie 43 bombed at the box office, ringing up just $5 million in theaters over its opening weekend. And the poor suckers who did actually fork over money to see this turkey in theaters gave it a D grade overall.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of January 25-27, 2013
1) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - $19,000,000
2) Mama - $12,860,190
3) Silver Linings Playbook - $10,000,000
4) Zero Dark Thirty - $9,800,000
5) Parker - $7,000,000
6) Django Unchained - $5,005,000
7) Movie 43 - $5,000,000
8) Gangster Squad - $4,200,000
9) Broken City - $4,000,000
10) Les Miserables - $3,911,700
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