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Action remake of Hansel & Gretel wins box office

Published on Jan 28, 2013 12:58 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A new take on the classic Hansel & Gretel fairy tale grabbed the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts with US$19 million (S$23 million) in US and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is an action movie that morphs the children's story into an action comedy, with the characters now grown into crossbow-wielding, adult bounty hunters. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the lead roles.

The witch hunters knocked last week's winner, Jessica Chastain's low-budget horror flick Mama, into second place. Mama earned US$12.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

Silver Linings Playbook, about a bipolar man's unlikely romance, came in third with US$10 million in weekend sales, while Zero Dark Thirty, which also stars Chastain, finished in fourth place. The drama about the CIA's decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden grossed US$9.8 million for the weekend.