Gretel Witch

Gretel Witch

Jeremy Renner's new action movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters  has debuted atop the U.S. box office with takings of $19 million .

The film, a modernised version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, knocked Jessica Chastain's horror Mama into second place with $12.8 million , while Silver Linings Playbook received a big boost ahead of next month's (Feb13) Academy Awards as cinema-goers flocked to see the Oscar favorite, sending it back up the box office chart to take third place with a $10 million gross in its 11th week of release.

In contrast, Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham's crime thriller Parker opened with a disappointing $7 million , behind Zero Dark Thirty at four with $9.8 million .

Another flop was Peter Farrelly's outrageous ensemble comedy Movie 43, which scraped into seventh place with a poor $5 million .