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From left, Isabelle Nélisse, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Jessica Chastain in a scene from “Mama.”

, Associated Press

Chastain scores 1-2 punch at box office

  • January 20, 2013 - 4:43 PM

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

"Mama" opened well above expectations with a box office topping $28.1 million for Universal Pictures, according to studio estimates Sunday. Chastain also held the second spot with "Zero Dark Thirty," for which she has received an Academy Award nomination 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.

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.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com:

1. "Mama," $28.1 million.

2. "Zero Dark Thirty," $17.6 million.

3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $11.4 million.

4. "Gangster Squad," $9.1 million.

5. "Broken City," $9 million.

6. "A Haunted House," $8.3 million.

7. "Django Unchained," $8.2 million.

8. "Les Miserables," $7.8 million.

9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $6.4 million.

10. "The Last Stand," $6.3 million.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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