Box Office: Will “Hansel” nail “Parker,” or will “Movie 43” break out?

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” is in 3D. So if nothing else, it’ll have that higher ticket price going for it as it plays in theaters across America this weekend.

The Box Office Guru figures it’ll do $20 million or so. Better than say, “Red Riding Hood,” which wasn’t R-rated, didn’t have nearly the horror appeal or star line up. But not BIG opening good.

Box Office Mojo thinks that it could do $22 or so. Since neither Jeremy Renner nor Gemma Arterton are box office names, and since the studio didn’t preview it for most critics (I caught it early), it won’t be helped by reviews.

“Mama,” the best of last weekend’s openings, could do another $13-15, depending on how much horror audience there is left over.

FilmDistrict has generally botched the release, editing, etc., of “Parker.”

Nobody figures “Parker” will do much better than “The Last Stand” last weekend — which bombed. The same goes for the TV commercial’d to death “Movie 43,” sort of an “Epic Movie/Scary Movie” sketch comedy collection of short films starring BIG names — Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Hale Berry, Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Bell, Uma Thurman, etc.

It wasn’t previewed either (my review is here) and could manage $8 or so.Some laughs, a lot of penis jokes.

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