Paramount announced the sequel after "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" crossed the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office
"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is getting a sequel, Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and MTV Films announced on Monday.
The 3D action flick was no blockbuster in the United States, but $151 million abroad — which accounts for 73.4 percent of the movie's $205.9 million total haul — has apparently encouraged all the partners involved to begin developing another hunt for Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.
"Hansel and Gretel," which was produced on a $50 million budget, premiered in U.S. theaters on Jan. 25 and grossed $19 million at the domestic box office that weekend. Although it debuted at number one, it was critically panned, and the initial response by U.S. audiences made any hopes for a sequel look grim.
Foreign markets, however, were much more receptive to the concept, adapted from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. "Hansel and Gretel", directed by Tommy Wirkola, took in $24.1 million in Brazil, $19 million in Russia, $14 million in Mexico, and $12.8 million in Germany to date.