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Mama tops US box office as Arnie's Last Stand flops


Story by Jack Foley

HORROR movie Mama, starring Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain, is set to top the US box office over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend with better than expected takings of $33.2 million.

The film, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and co-starring Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster Waldau, has taken $28.1 million during the three-days from Friday to Sunday, comfortably thrashing the competition posed by new releases The Last Stand (marking Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action comeback) and Broken City (with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe).

Mama follows a married couple, Annabel and Lucas, who are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for five years. Although once they return, it’s never certain just how alone they were.

Its success was largely down to women and teenage girls who made up 61 per cent of the audience.

In what proved to be an excellent individual weekend for Oscar-tipped Jessica Chastain, her other film – Zero Dark Thirty – also held firm in the charts, slipping from last week’s first to second spot with a three-day take of $17.6 million and a projected four-day haul of $21.4 million, pushing its US total so far to almost $60 million.

It also means that Chastain owns the first and second placed films – a rare feat for any actor or actress.

Broken City just about looks set to grab fourth with $10 million after a disappointing three-day take of $9 million. But it could yet equal holdover title Gangster Squad for fifth.

But Silver Linings Playbook continued to prosper, bringing in $11.4 million for the three days so far to land third, and amassing $55.3 million to date in the US.

Schwarzenegger’s Last Stand, however, was the big casualty of the weekend, coming in a disappointing ninth after earning $6.3 million for the three-day weekend.

The film is now expected to land just $7.4 million for the four days – a blow for Schwarzenegger in his first leading role since 2003.

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