Chastain films take top spots at box office

Monday, January 21, 2013

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Chastain easily outmuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg over the weekend, topping the box office with both her supernatural horror film Mama and the Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden hunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty.


Mama opened well above expectations with a box-office topping $28.1 million for Universal Pictures, according to studio estimates. Chastain also held the second spot with Zero Dark Thirty, for which she's nominated by the Academy Awards for best actress. In its second week of wide release, Zero Dark Thirty took in $17.6 million.


The films' strong performances had the remarkable effect of making Chastain an unlikely box-office queen out of a chameleon-like actress that even fans of Mama might have trouble picking out of a lineup. Chastain, whose credits range from Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life to The Help (for which she was also Oscar nominated), even accomplished the rare feat by besting a couple of more traditional box-office stalwarts.


Schwarzenegger's post-governorship comeback got off to a terrible start. His action flick The Last Stand opened with just $6.3 million for Lionsgate, one of the worst debuts for the brawny 65-year-old star. The film came in 10th.


Though Schwarzenegger co-starred in The Expendables 2, which opened with $28.6 million in August, The Last Stand is his first proper starring vehicle since exiting the California governor's seat in January 2011.


The Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe-led New York crime film Broken City didn't fare much better. The Fox release premiered with $9.1 million.


Instead, audiences flocked to the PG-13-rated Mama, which bore the imprimatur of the well-respected fantasy-spinner Guillermo Del Toro, a producer.


"Never underestimate the drawing power of a PG-13 horror film," said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com.


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