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.
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.
The Academy Awards take place on February 24, with most of Top 10 Australian box office films up for awards.
Movie 43, debuted at No.7 with $556,836, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.
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)
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)