New in Theaters: 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,' 'Movie 43,' 'Parker'

Posted 9:30 AM January 25th, 2013 by Logan Falk
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

It’s looking to be a pretty dismal for new releases this weekend: three different new films, and not a one of them well-received.

One of these ill-conceived releases is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, another film putting a new spin on an old tale. Here, fairy-tale children Hansel and Gretel survive their famous encounter with a witch and grow up to face several more monstrosities, and contend with the horrors of their past.

The film received an abysmal rating of 8% from Rotten Tomatoes; the film vies for horror and comedy in equal parts, never quite reaching either genre, and instead ends up as a half-baked mess. HSX predicts a weekend gross of $13-$18.4 million.

Also coming out today is Movie 43, a gross-out, shock-value comedy featuring several intertwining storylines. There is currently no Tomatometer rating posted on Rotten Tomatoes yet, but given its critical reception—which is decidedly not good, as those few that have chimed in say that what laughs are in the film are few and far between—this new release can’t expect anything stellar. Weekend revenues are expected to be between $8.5 million and $10.8 million.

This week’s final release is Parker, a crime thriller (based on a series of popular novels) about a thief abiding by a Robin Hood-esque code of ethics who gets double-crossed by his cohorts on the job, and is looking to get revenge.

The film’s rating of 31% on Rotten Tomatoes is practically golden compared to some of this week’s other cinematic fare; critics say that, while they’ve certainly seen worse from the action/crime movie arena, it’s still not great. The film is set to make between $8 million and $8.5 million over the weekend.

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