Jessica Chastain dominated this week's box office, securing the top two spots, while the other new releases flopped big time.
At number 1 this weekend is the horror film Mama (read our review) with $28 million. Starring the aforementioned Jessica Chastain, as well as Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mama is director Andrés Muschietti's feature length adaptation of his own short film, produced by Guillermo Del Toro.
The film was made for a reported $15 million, meaning it was already turning a profit (barring any outrageous marketing costs) by midday Saturday. And, as Texas Chainsaw 3D revealed, audiences in January love their horror films.
Coming in at number 2 is Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's procedural drama centered on the real-life hunt for Osama Bin Laden, with $17.6 million. Now at $55 million to-date, Zero Dark Thirty is Bigelow's highest grossing film yet.
Silver Linings Playbook is the number 3 film this weekend with $11.4 million, which brings its domestic total up to $55 million. Needless to say, don't expect this film to fall off the top 10 anytime soon.
Ruben Fleischer's stylish noir picture Gangster Squad comes in at number 4 with $9.1 million. We'd already touched upon the film's less-than-desirable debut in last week's box office report, but luckily the film has been able to accrue $32 million thus far.
In at number 5 is Broken City (read our review), director Allen Hughes' political thriller, with $9 million. An under $10 million opening weekend has got to be disappointing for Fox, especially for a film with such a star-studded cast.
In all fairness, though, the film's trailers did it no favors, and poor reviews certainly couldn't have helped. Still, it's hard to imagine a film starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe flopping. Luckily, there was another new release that preformed even worse than Broken City.
A Haunted House is the number 6 film this weekend with $8.3 million. It was a pretty sizeable drop for the found footage spoof, but $29 million off a budget of $2.5 million is not bad at all.
This weekend's number 7 film is Django Unchained with $8.2 million, which brings its domestic total up to $138 million. The film may not have come away with the top prize at last Sunday's Golden Globes, but awards for actor Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino (for best screenplay) are surely signs of future accolades.
In at number 8 is Les Misérables with $7.8 million. Tom Hooper's adaptation of the beloved musical is now up to $130 million in domestic grosses.
In at number 9 is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with $6.4 million. Peter Jackson's blockbuster film – the first part of a new trilogy – is up to $287 million, and is inching closer and closer to the $1 billion worldwide mark every week (it passed the $900 million mark this weekend).
Coming in at number 10 (yes, you read that right) is Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role in nearly a decade, The Last Stand (read our review), with $6.3 million. This makes The Last Stand Arnold's weakest opening for a film since the '80s.
Apparently, no amount of tank rides or Johnny Knoxville could get audiences interested in Schwarzenegger's return to action. Though, to be fair, he has been out of the game for a while. Hopefully, the studios behind Schwarzenegger's next two films – Ten and The Tomb – can avoid a 9th place, under $10 million opening.
Source: Box Office Mojo