Box Office Predictions: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' on Track for #1 Spot

Last week threw all sorts of uncertainty into the box office. Can Sensei make sense of the chaos?

Sensei's weekend predictions and revenue results go as follows:

1. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" ($19 Million)  - The film's concept is just crazy enough to work. The pairing of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton also looks to be pretty strong. If any film can shake the late January blues this weekend, it's this one.

2. "Mama" ($15 Million)  - Will post the usual horror film second weekend drop. Such drops usually end up around around 50 percent of their opening weekend.

3. "Zero Dark Thirty" ($9.8 Million) - As noted in previous editions, film will continue on a "The Help"-like box office pace. Sadly, the torture controversy surrounding the film will cost the film the Best Picture Oscar, but its box office remains impressively strong (will draw closer to the $70 million domestic mark). Not bad for a film with a production budget of only $40 million.

4. "Parker" ($8.4 Million) - Jason Statham's films in January aren't exactly box office trailblazers. "Parker" is also opening on less screens (2,200+) than his previous January outing, "The Mechanic" (over 2,700+). Going with lower results here.

5. "Movie 43" ($7.5 Million) - Talk about a hard sell. An R-rated raunch fest with no predetermined plot-line. The film's cast boasts plenty of names but not really any clear concept direction. Basically, a mash-up of skits put together with different film directors. Definitely going with the lower opening here.

That's Sensei's calls.


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