Jessica Chastain Rules the Box Office

mama_mama16Oscar nominee and recent Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain is not only a very respected actress on the rise, but she’s also becoming a box office powerhouse. This weekend she starred in the top two films as her new horror film Mama debuted on top and her Oscar contender Zero Dark Thirty held up strong in second. Mama way over performed to the tune of $33 million for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend while ZD30 took in another $17.7 million for a total of $ 57 million. Someone is securely on the A List now… Someone who fell off that list big time awhile back is Arnold Schwarzenegger and his new film, The Last Stand, won’t put him back there as it bombed with a miserable $ 7 million… Also debuting and tanking this weekend was the star-studded and poorly reviewed Broken City starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg which barely managed $9.5 million…. They were both upstaged by a number of films including the long-awaited nationwide release of Oscar contender Silver Linings Playbook (which I give a “B” grade to by the way) which hit the top five for the first time with $13 million… For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Mama Uni. $33,035,000 – 2,647 – $12,480 $33,035,000 $15 1
2 1 Zero Dark Thirty Sony $18,700,000 -23.5% 2,946 +9 $6,348 $57,045,000 $40 5
3 10 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $13,019,000 +159.4% 2,523 +1,713 $5,160 $56,978,000 $21 10
4 3 Gangster Squad WB $10,305,000 -39.6% 3,103 – $3,321 $33,415,000 $60 2
5 2 A Haunted House ORF $9,700,000 -46.4% 2,160 – $4,491 $31,300,000 $2.5 2
6 N Broken City Fox $9,500,000 – 2,620 – $3,626 $9,500,000 $35 1
7 5 Les Miserables (2012) Uni. $9,246,000 -4.1% 2,579 -348 $3,585 $131,804,000 $61 4
8 4 Django Unchained Wein. $9,235,000 -16.4% 2,516 -496 $3,671 $139,354,000 $100 4
9 6 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB $7,715,000 -15.9% 2,323 -689 $3,321 $288,705,000 – 6
10 N The Last Stand LGF $7,190,000 – 2,913 – $2,468 $7,190,000 – 1

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