Jessica Chastain beats Arnold Schwarzenegger at box office with ‘Mama’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

By Daniel S Levine,

It looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback has gotten off to a rough start. The Last Stand, which features the action icon’s first lead role since leaving the California Governor’s office, failed to beat Mama and Zero Dark Thirty, two films starring Jessica Chastain.

Mama, a PG-13 horror film produced by Guillermo Del Toro, won the three-day box office with $28.1 million, already surpassing the $15 million it cost Universal to make it, notes Entertainment Weekly. However, the film earned only a B- CinemaScore from audiences, so it might not have legs at the box office. Still, Universal should be happy to see the film do so well out of the gate.

Zero Dark Thirty, which earned Chastain an Oscar nomination, came in second with $17.6 million, just a 28 percent drop in its second weekend of nationwide release.

Another Oscar-nominated film, Silver Linings Playbook, came in third with $11.4 million. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring film has made $55.3 million so far, but this weekend was its first in wide release. It has been in limited release since November, part of The Weinstein Company’s plan to keep us talking about it throughout the awards season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe’s Broken City made just $9 million over the weekend. It did earn a B CinemaScore Grade from audiences, though. Broken City tied with Gangster Squad for fourth place.

The Last Stand made an embarrassing $6.3 million in its first weekend. The film cost Lionsgate $45 million to make.

Meanwhile, Django Unchained did very well overseas, grossing $48.1 million in 54 markets.

image: Lionsgate



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