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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)

Canada says no to Quaid

Canadian immigration officials have rejected US actor Randy Quaid’s request for permanent resident status in Canada. A Canadian government official confirmed over the weekend that Quaid’s request had been denied. He can appeal the decision. US officials last year refused to seek extradition of the actor and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara, Calif., but authorities there say they’ll have the couple arrested if they return to the States. Quaid has sought to stay in Canada, claiming he was being hunted by ‘‘Hollywood star-whackers.’’ His troubles began in 2010 when he and his wife were arrested for causing more than $5,000 damage at a home they were renting. (AP)

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