November 26, 2014 | Updated at 11:53 AM EST The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Chastain Horror Film 'Mama' Takes Big Box Office Win

Jessica Chastain overpowered Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others as her low-budget horror flick emerged as the North American weekend box office champ and her Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" captured the second spot as well.

By Chris Michaud and Lisa Richwine, Reuters on Jan 20, 2013 07:13 PM EST
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • Actress Jessica Chastain of the film "Zero Dark Thirty" at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013.
  • Actress Jessica Chastain of the film "Zero Dark Thirty" at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013. (Photo : Reuters)

(Reuters) - Jessica Chastain overpowered Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others as her low-budget horror flick emerged as the North American weekend box office champ and her Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" captured the second spot as well.

Chastain's supernatural thriller, "Mama," pulled in $28.1 million from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates, beating out a crop of new testosterone-fueled, male-targeted releases that finished far back in the pack.


"Zero Dark Thirty," for which Chastain is a leading best actress Oscar contender, took in $17.6 million, while another late 2012 release and Oscar favorite, "Silver Linings Playbook," finished third with $11.35 million.

"Broken City," a crime thriller starring Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, finished fifth with $9 million behind "Gangster Squad's" $9.1 million, while Schwarzenegger's new action film, "The Last Stand," earned $6.3 million for a dismal 10th place.

"Mama" stars Chastain as a guitarist who doesn't want children but is forced to take care of two orphaned nieces who have been living in the woods. She and her husband try to re-adjust the little girls to normal life.

Based on a 2008 short film, the movie was produced for roughly $15 million.

"This is a great result, one we never would have expected especially for a film of this genre," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's president for domestic distribution.

"The timing was perfect," she said, noting "the key was it's a PG-13 movie that appealed to the under-25 female audience."

The studio said it was hopeful that as the only PG-13 film in release this month it would continue to find an audience.

Chastain is a best actress Oscar nominee for her role as a dogged CIA agent in "Zero Dark Thirty," the weekend's second-place film about the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The movie has taken in $55.9 million since late December.

"Silver Linings Playbook," an Oscar-nominated romantic comedy about a former mental patient trying to rebuild his life, expanded nationwide for a strong third-place finish and a $55.3 million total since the movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence opened in late autumn.

Both Oscar contenders handily beat out a pair of new, male-oriented films, as did crime thriller "Gangster Squad."

"The Last Stand" features Schwarzenegger's return to a starring, big-screen role after a seven-year break while he was serving as governor of California, but managed only $6.3 million to finish 10th. The former "Terminator" will star in three movies over the next 12 months.

Schwarzenegger plays a retired Los Angeles policeman who works to protect a tiny border town from a notorious drug kingpin. The film was produced for about $45 million.

The studio noted that the weekend was crowded with several movie-going choices, and that two films were competing for the same audience, referring to the weekend's other new movie, "Broken City," which stars Wahlberg as a former New York cop who uncovers a scandal involving the mayor, played by Russell Crowe.

The top 10 movies were rounded out by "A Haunted House," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

"Zero Dark Thirty" was released by Sony Corp's movie studio.

"The Last Stand" was distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment.

"The Hobbit" and "Gangster Squad" were released by Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

"A Haunted House" was released by Open Road Films, a joint venture between theater owners Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Entertainment Inc.

"Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook" were distributed by Weinstein Co.

"Broken City" was distributed by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

"Les Miserables" and "Mama" were distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp. 

© 2014 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Tagged :   Jessica Chastain
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Christian Bale

Christian Bale Admits He 'Should Have Gotten Over' Ben Affleck Being Cast As Batman By Now

Christian Bale, who played Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne in three different Batman movies, admitted to having some jealousy when Ben Affleck was announced to be taking over the role.

Dwayne Johnson

New 'Furious 7' Image Of Dwayne Johnson In Full Gear Revealed

A new 'Furious 7' image featuring Dwayne Johnson, who plays Luke Hobbs, in full gear was recently revealed by a Facebook fan page for the film.

Peter Parker and Miles Morales as Spider-Man

Does Miles Morales Work In The Spider-Man Universe & Could We See Him Soon?

With the series in flux, and Sony looking at different options for their hero, is this the correct time to introduce Miles Morales into the Spider-Man film canon or would he be a dud with moviegoers?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

First Close-Up Of Arnold Schwarzenegger As An Elderly, Bruised Cyborg In 'Terminator: Genisys'

The first close-up of Arnold Schwarzenegger as an elderly, bruised cyborg in 'Terminator: Genisys' was revealed online by a fan who was visiting the Paramount set.

Frozen

Could The Plot Of 'Frozen Fever' Lead Into The Sequel?

While a sequel isn't planned yet, Disney will be taking us back to the world of 'Frozen' with a new short film that will allow fans to see what the characters are up to right now. But could the plot be a prologue to what could happen in the sequel?

Frozen cast

When Is 'Frozen 2' Coming To Theaters?

The movie took everyone by storm (ice storm to be specific) last year and was an animated phenomenon, but the question now on everyone's mind is when the sequel to Frozen is coming to theaters. Could a recent schedule announcement by Disney tell more than we thought?

Daniel Craig in Skyfall

James Bond To Play Detective In The Next Movie?

While the classic Bond films had more laid out plans and the recent ones have been more personal for the character, could the next movie have 007 using his best detective skills to find the villain behind the master plan?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

A Marvel Director Bashes Shared Universes, Is He Calling Out Spider-Man?

It seems to be the thing to do these days in Hollywood: create a shared universe. But one director who is employed by one of the biggest universes out there right now seems to have some beef with the whole concept and calls them out. Is he zeroing in on Sony and Spider-Man?

Frozen

Is Elsa Getting A Love Interest For 'Frozen 2?'

Anna and Kristoff found love during the first movie, but could this character appear in the sequel to the Disney animated hit to try and woo Queen Elsa?

Alan RItchson (Thad) and Darin Brooks (Alex) in 'Blue Mountain State'

Want To Be A Part of 'Blue Mountain State: The Movie?' Find Out How You Can Be!

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland has officially begun filming in Wilmington, N.C. and fans of the crowd-funded movie may have their own chance to join Darin Brooks, Romanski and Alan Ritchson as a part of the cast.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale Admits He 'Should Have Gotten Over' Ben Affleck Being Cast As Batman By Now

Christian Bale, who played Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne in three different Batman movies, admitted to having some jealousy when Ben Affleck was announced to be taking over the role.

'Furious 7'

New Badass 'Furious 7' Still Of Dawyne Johnson Pummelling Jason Statham In Fight Sequence Revealed

A new badass 'Furious 7' still featuring Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) duelling it out was revealed on November 17.

50 Shades of Grey

New 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Sneak Peek Features A Shirtless Jamie Dornan

With the arrival of the most anticipated film just three months away, fans just got a new surprise, a brand new exclusive sneak peek inside of the film.

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams Brushed Over the Aaliyah Biopic Backlash & Her Fans are Not Having It on Twitter

Wendy Williams veritably ignored the social media backlash of "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B," and fans who expected her to be her usual open and honest self are not happy.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Recent Quotes By Sony CEO Show Possible Direction For Spider-Man

Weak box office numbers and critical responses put Spider-Man in trouble after the last movie, but could Sony be ready to keep pushing forward with the brand even though they don't seem set for the future with their spin-offs?

Latest News

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

With The 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Villain Cast, Are His Minions Coming Next?

Now that X-Men has found its big bad, will the Four Horseman be next to join the cast or will a few known characters be joining up first?

Avatar

James Cameron Promises 'Your Mouth Wide Open' After Watching The 'Avatar' Sequels

It has been a long wait from the first movie to the sequels, but James Cameron assures that the wait will be worth it whenever the next Avatar films come out and he has a bold claim to how we will react.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow Wants To See Pepper Potts Again In This Upcoming Marvel Movie

While her contract is up, her on-screen hubby is headed to start a Civil War amongst the Avengers. Could Pepper Potts play a role in the battle between Iron Man and Captain America that will be popping up soon?

Chris Hemsworth

'Avengers 2' Could Force Thor To Leave The Team Heading Into Future Movies

While not much is known about the plot of the next Avengers movie, the trailer has shown that a lot of mayhem and destruction is headed for Earth and its mightiest heroes. But could one of those heroes be done with the problems of these people after the movie?

Shailene Woodley in Insurgent

'Insurgent' Finds Its Composer & He Talks About The Transformation Of Beatrice To Tris

While a lot of focus on the Divergent franchise has been on the action, the music will play an important role moving forward and it seems like the new composer has a keen eye on expressing the transformation of these characters in the next installment.

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

New 'Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer Celebrating The Legacy Of The Series Revealed

A new 'Hobbit' teaser celebrating the legacy of the trilogy was recently revealed and it highlights the journey for fans starting from Frodo in the 'Lord of the Rings.'

Frozen cast

Recent Crazy Toy Sales Show That 'Frozen' Is More Popular Than Ever

While it is still sitting at one movie, the recent number from toy sales show that little girls are still majorly infatuated with Frozen and it won't be stopping anytime soon. But what does that mean for Disney moving forward?

Venom and Spider-Man

Is This Iconic Spider-Man Villain Joining The Sinister Six?

His movie may have been scrapped, but this well-known adversary of Spider-Man could still make his appearance in the Sinister Six in order to join the universe.

'Insidious 3'

New Still From 'Insidious Chapter 3' Feat. Elise Revealed

A new still from 'Insidious 3' featuring Elise (Lynn Shaye) was revealed via the official Twitter account for the movie.

Dwayne Johnson

New 'Furious 7' Image Of Dwayne Johnson In Full Gear Revealed

A new 'Furious 7' image featuring Dwayne Johnson, who plays Luke Hobbs, in full gear was recently revealed by a Facebook fan page for the film.

Featured Videos

From Our Partners

Pan movie 2015 - Warner Bros

'Pan' Movie Trailer Releases Starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund & More, Watch Here (VIDEO)

Watch the new trailer for the upcoming 'Pan' movie starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund & more. (VIDEO)

CM Punk

CM Punk Return WWE: Phil Brooks Writes Epitaph for Marvel, Calls Himself 'Fighter Guy' [VIDEO]

In his latest venture outside of the squared circle, former WWE Superstar CM Punk wrote an epitaph for Marvel and at the end of it, he gave a farewell by calling himself a "fighter guy."

Demi Lovato on her former BFF Miley Cyrus: We have nothing in common

Demi Lovato on her former BFF Miley Cyrus: We have nothing in common

Demi Lovato recently answered questions on what the deal is between her and her former best friend and fellow Disney star Miley Cyrus on Boston's The TJ Show.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Dragon Ball Xenoverse Characters: Lord Beerus, Whis, And Giant Ape Vegeta Join The Battle

Dragon Ball Xenoverse will offer a wide range of characters and the ability to create your own, and even more new fighters have been announced.

Kim Kardashian works it for Elle UK’s Confidence Issue cover

Kim Kardashian works it for Elle UK’s Confidence Issue cover

Kim Kardashian news: For Elle UK’s Confidence Issue, it’s only fitting that they chose someone who has no body issues whatsoever: Kim Kardashian. Elle UK hails Kim as the “poster girl for what can be achieved when you have” self-belief.

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Amid 'Struggle,' Kobe Bryant To Change Up Routine To Stay Fresh [VIDEO]

Just days after Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said that the team will start to limit star Kobe Bryant in practice to keep his legs fresh, the five-time NBA champion said he is changing up his routine to ward off fatigue.

Evolve Trapper Abe

New Evolve 'Making Of' Gameplay Video Highlights The Game's Hunters And Their Balance Of Being Unique Yet Familiar

Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios aimed to make Hunter gameplay just as memorable as playing as the Monster, and designing that half of the game led them to create characters who were simultaneously new and fresh yet recognizable and comfortable.

Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Sales Reach 3 Million Copies In Just 3 Days, Titles Still Have Not Launched In Europe

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are off to a pretty good start for Nintendo, selling more than 3 million copies in three days.

snoop dogg

USC Football News: Snoop Dogg Says Trojans 'Hurt Its Chances' In Recruiting His Star Son [VIDEO]

USC didn't just cost itself a spot in the rankings after its 38-20 loss to cross-town rival USC; they also may have cost themselves a shot at a key recruit.

Real Time Analytics