'Hansel and Gretel' Opens at #1 in Russia

on January 20, 2013

hansel.pngThe Paramount Pictures release Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opened in Russia one week before it launched in the United States, South America and Asia and managed to take the #1 spot on the charts. The Jeremy Renner fairy tale flick is tracking for only a modest opening in the States -- Boxoffice is estimating a total domestic cume of $25 million -- but already recouped $7.3 million in Russia over its debut weekend across 650 screens. Hansel and Gretel's strong Russian opening is 59% above the opening of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 349% above Red Riding Hood and 22% above Underworld: Awakening, and it's made 98% of its box office intake from 3D screens. In the second slot for the weekend was Django Unchained, which earned $5.4 million in its debut, double the profits of Quentin Tarantino's last release Inglourious Basterds.


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