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The last weekend in January sees three R-rated films hit theaters mainly hoping to draw in the young male crowd. Will any succeed?

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” stars rising star Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”, “The Bourne Legacy”) and Gemma Arterton. The film seems like a mix of “Van Helsing”, “Underworld” and “Resident Evil”. Much to my annoyance, the “Resident Evil” films keep spawning more and more (and arguably worse) sequels, so they could be hoping for something similar here. Still, the trailers don’t look all that great, it’ll probably get trashed by critics and frankly, aside from Liam Neeson with “Taken” and “The Grey” there hasn’t been many hits released at the end of January. I don’t think that will change with this one.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

“Movie 43” stars Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and Common in a series of shorts. I’m shocked so many great actors and actresses are doing the low-brow humor. And frankly, the studio doesn’t seem to have much confidence in the film since it’s only being released into 2,000 theaters and not screened before critics. Still, it should be the second choice for young males who don’t want some action.

Opening weekend: $13-15 million
“Parker” is based on a popular novel, but don’t let that fool you. They are hoping Jason Statham fans will come out in full force for this one. Also starring Jennifer Lopez, Statham usually gets you in the range of an $8-11 million opening for his films. Expect more of the same here.

Opening weekend: $8-10 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.


Given that “Expendables 2” opened at No. one at the box office, there’s no surprise talks have started on a threequel, possibly bringing aboard Clint Eastwood and Nic Cage. But, the more interesting news is that producer Adi Shankar (“The Grey”) is looking to do a female version of the film. It’s in the very early stages and no names attached yet. But, think about it. Carrie Ann Moss, Zoe Saldana, Kate Beckinsale, Uma Thurman and Michelle Rodriguez? Sounds pretty kick-ass to me. Who else would you like to see in the movie?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.