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Hansel & Gretel interview

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton on the action heavy retelling of the old Brothers Grimm tale.

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, a dark twist on the classic fairytale, has lured the Australian audiences into cinemas with the film jumping straight to No.1 on its debut.

Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, the film pulled $2.217 million at the Australian box office.

Meanwhile Lincoln, which also opened at the weekend, attracted a healthy $1.335 million. Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays the former US president, is widely tipped to win the Best Actor Oscar for the title role.

Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner in <i>Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters</i>.

Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

The Academy Awards take place on February 24, with most of Top 10 Australian box office films up for awards.

The Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence and Australia's Jacki Weaver, held onto second place, pulling $1.564 million.

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained has been pushed to No.4, with $1.395 million.

Flight, with Denzel Washington, now sits at the No.5 spot with $1.062 million, while Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden is at No.6 with $623,262.

Movie 43, debuted at No.7 with $556,836, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

Oscar-nominated Life of Pi sits at No.8, Les Miserable, starring Hugh Jackman is at No.9 and The Impossible, which stars Naomi Watts is at No.10.

After 12 weeks at Australian cinemas The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dropped out the Top 10.

TOP 10 AT THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND (JAN 28-FEB 3):

1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - $2.217 million (Paramount)

2. The Silver Linings Playbook - $1.564 million (Roadshow)

3. Django Unchained - $1.395 million (Sony Pictures)

4. Lincoln - $1.335 million (Fox)

5. Flight - $1.062 million (Paramount)

6. Zero Dark Thirty - $623,262 (Fox)

7. Movie 43 - $556,836 (Roadshow)

8. Life of Pi - $511,514 (Fox)

9. Les Miserables - $491,018 (Universal)

10. The Impossible - $485,576 (Hoyts/StudioCanal)

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