The domestic office took a pounding Friday as a trio of new films underwhelmed.
After a healthy start Thursday night, Paramount and MGM's R-rated Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters slowed Friday night, grossing $6.1 million for the day to place No. 1 and earning a B CinemaScore.
That puts the Jeremy Renner-Gemma Arterton on course for a $17 million weekend, notably less than expected (it had looked like Hansel and Gretel would hit $25 million). Some Hollywood studio executives blamed bad weather in the mid-Atlantic and in the West for Friday's sobering results.
Hansel and Gretel, costing $50 million to produce, could make up ground overseas. It opened in Russia last weekend to a healthy $8.6 million, placing No. 1.
The news was all-out dismal for Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez action-thriller Parker as well as Movie 43, featuring one of the most star-studded ensemble casts ever mounted.
Parker posted an opening-day gross of $2.1 million to come in No. 5 behind Hansel and Gretel, Mama, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. The pic is now expected to gross $6.3 million for the weekend, versus $8 million to $10 million.
Directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), Parker is being distributed domestically by FilmDistrict. Moviegoers gave the pic a B+.
Movie 43 -- drawing a D CinemaScore -- grossed $1.8 million for a projected weekend take of only $5 million.
The roster of stars appearing in Movie 43, a series of comic shorts and the brainchild of Peter Farrelly, includes Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Naomi Watts and many others. A raft of filmmakers and talent directed the various vignettes, including Elizabeth Banks, Brett Ratner, Griffin Dunne and Bob Odenkirk.
Relativity Media spent a modest $6 million to make Movie 43 and says it was a creative risk worth taking.