It may not have won over many critics, but schlocky adventure thriller Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters won the box-office war, earning $19 million in its first weekend. Last week's No. 1, Mama, rallied for second place with $12.9 million. Silver Linings Playbook impressively held onto its third-place spot, adding another $10 million to its box-office total. Zero Dark Thirty followed with $9.8 million, and Jason Statham's Parker rounded out the top five with $7 million. The week's other big new release Movie 43 took in $5 million.
If you're into ensemble comedies, one of this week's new releases, Movie 43, might be your must see of the season. Starring Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, and Chris Pine — just to name a few — Movie 43 is packing tons of stars and raunchy comedy. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are also heading to the theater this weekend in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, an action-filled spin on the classic fairy tale. Click through the pictures to see all the fun!
I'd love to tell you the full star-studded cast of Movie 43 but I'm afraid we'd be here all day. The trailer for off-the-wall comedy includes Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pratt, Chloe Moretz, Justin Long, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film is a collection of 25 different stories, and as far as I can tell, the only common theme is stars behaving badly. Halle Berry blows out the candles on a blind kid's birthday cake, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber bully their teenager, and Gerard Butler is a leprechaun.
A handful of bloated comedies have proven that the megaensemble is a tricky beast, but this has me wondering if the formula might actually work this time. It could be amazing, or it could be an epic fail. The movie opens Jan. 25, and you can watch the NSFW red-band trailer after the jump.