Other films fared more poorly, with "Movie 43" netting $5 million and "Parker" getting $7 million on their opening weekends.
Other films opening over the weekend didn't fare as well. The crime thriller "Parker," starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, debuted in fifth place with $7 million, while Relativity Media's raunchy ensemble comedy "Movie 43" opened in the seventh spot with $5 million.
Hollywood.com box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian noted that it was the first time box-office grosses were down over last year after four up weekends.
Several best-picture Academy Awards contenders continued to benefit from Oscar buzz, as well as the motion picture academy's decision to move up this year's nomination announcements, giving nominees more time in theaters between the unveiling of the nominations and the Feb. 24 ceremony.
"Zero Dark Thirty," the Osama bin Laden manhunt drama also starring Chastain, dropped to fourth place with $9.8 million. It's competing in five categories at the Academy Awards.
"Django Unchained," which is nominated for five Oscars, took in $5 million in sixth place, and the musical "Les Miserables," which is up for eight Academy Awards, earned $3.9 million in the 10th position. It was the fifth weekend for both films.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com
Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," $19 million.
2. "Mama," $12.8 million.
3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $10 million.
4. "Zero Dark Thirty," $9.8 million.
5. "Parker," $7 million.
6. "Django Unchained," $5 million.
7. "Movie 43," $5 million.
8. "Gangster Squad," $4.2 million.
9. "Broken City," $4 million.
10. "Les Miserables," $3.9 million.
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