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Published: Mon, January 28, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Hansel & Gretel’ nabs $19M, taking No. 1 spot at box office

LOS ANGELES

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” cooked up $19 million in its opening weekend.

Paramount’s R-rated action film update on the classic fairy tale topped the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Hansel & Gretel” features Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as grown-up renditions of the title characters battling witches with crossbows.

Universal’s supernatural horror film “Mama” starring Jessica Chastain dropped to second place with $12.8 million in its second weekend.

“Silver Linings Playbook,” which is up for eight Academy Awards, came in third place over the weekend with $10 million.

“Zero Dark Thirty,” the Osama bin Laden manhunt drama also starring Chastain, dropped to fourth place with $9.8 million.

The crime thriller “Parker,” starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, debuted in fifth place with $7 million.

Harry’s Afghan downtime: movies, games, candy trades

LONDON

Prince Harry’s off-duty time in Afghanistan appeared to be full of war movies, board games and elaborate candy trades.

The 28-year-old helicopter pilot and fellow members of his squad swapped Kit Kats and Rice Krispies Squares for American soldiers’ M&Ms, according to a British media pool report released Sunday.

Harry himself outlined one of his less-prestigious duties. The third- in-line to the U.K. throne said anyone who lost at Uckers — a military game similar to Ludo or Parcheesi — had to then wait on his comrades like a Buckingham Palace butler, ready with a fresh cup of tea whenever anyone rang their bell.

He denied rumors that he was far better at PlayStation than at traditional board games.

“I don’t know who told you that,” he told reporters. “I lost two days ago, and yesterday, so since you guys have been here I’ve only lost.”

Harry returned to Britain on Wednesday after a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan, in which he acknowledged that he had targeted Taliban fighters from the cockpit of his Apache attack helicopter.

Associated Press


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