Box Office: It’s Jessica Chastain’s World And Everyone Else is Just Passing Through

Mama (2013) Movie PosterIt’s rare that an actor lands two films at the weekend box office on the same weekend. But #1 and #2? That’s almost unheard of. Jessica Chastain would like to tell you that it’s pretty easy. The actress has two films at the two top spots this weekend, with her new horror movie “Mama” taking #1 and her holdover Osama Bin Laden drama “Zero Dark Thirty” maintaining strong at the #2 spot.

Chastain’s “Mama” easily beat out two competing studio offerings over the weekend, the Mark Wahlberg crime drama “Broken City” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback bid, the actioner “The Last Stand”. “Mama”, which features producing credits by Guillermo del Toro and stars Chastain as a woman who adopts two kids that come with some spooky baggage, opened at $28 million, more than good enough for first place. Chastain’s “Zero Dark Thirty”, in which she has a much bigger role, held at #2 with $17.6 million, giving it just south of $60 million since it opened in limited release late last year.

David Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” added an extra 1,700 screens as it began its own wide release, the extra screen helping it to move up from tenth place to third place with $11.3 million. “Playbook” beat out Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad”, which fell one spot to #4 in its second week with $9.1 million. The period gangster flick just barely beat out Mark Wahlberg’s “Broken City”, which debuted at fifth place with $9 million. Wahlberg has done surprisingly well with moderately budgeted thrillers/actioners in the past (last year’s “Contraband” opened at $28 million), but it looks like “Broken City” is going to break that impressive streak. Hey, Mark, there’s always “Transformers 4″…

But perhaps the weekend’s biggest loser is just how much luster Arnold Schwarzenegger has lost at the box office, as the Governator’s first foray back into Action Hero filmmaking has come up woefully short. Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand”, a film that I really liked for what it is — a good time at the movies — opened at a gasp-inducing 10th place over the weekend with a measly $6.3 million. Honestly, I’m not sure if that opening even pays for the cost of renting Arnold’s trailer.

Maybe it’s true what they say. You can’t always go home again…

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand (2013) Movie Image

Via : Box Office Mojo