Jan 27 A new take on the classic "Hansel &
Gretel" fairy tale grabbed the No. 1 spot on movie box office
charts with $19 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over
"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 $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 $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 $9.8 million for the weekend.
Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc, released
"Hansel and Gretel." "Mama" was distributed by Universal
Studios, a unit of Comcast Corp. Sony Corp's
movie studio released "Zero Dark Thirty."