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‘Hansel & Gretel’ tops the box office

‘‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’’ cooked up $19 million in its opening weekend. Paramount’s R-rated action film update on the classic fairy tale starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton topped the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Other films opening over the weekend didn’t fare as well. The crime thriller ‘‘Parker,’’ starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, debuted in fifth place with $7 million, while Relativity Media’s raunchy ensemble comedy ‘‘Movie 43’’ opened in the seventh spot with $5 million. Universal’s supernatural horror film ‘‘Mama’’ starring Jessica Chastain dropped to second place with $12.8 million in its second weekend. Several best-picture Academy Awards contenders continued to benefit from Oscar buzz. ‘‘Silver Linings Playbook,’’ which is up for eight Academy Awards, came in third place with $10 million. The film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is in its 11th weekend of release. ‘‘Zero Dark Thirty,’’ the Osama bin Laden manhunt drama also starring Chastain, dropped to fourth place with $9.8 million. (AP)

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