Weekend box office: Mama impresses while The Last Stand disappoints
It’s not often that an actress finds herself starring in the #1 and #2 movies in the same weekend, but that’s exactly what Jessica Chastain has done at the weekend box office. Her new horror film, MAMA and her Oscar hopeful ZERO DARK THIRTY both beat out perennial box office heavyweights Mark Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose new movies didn’t do very well. BROKEN CITY narrowly squeaked into the top five, barely flirting with the $10 million mark. But the biggest surprise of the weekend is with Schwarzenegger’s grand return to action movies in THE LAST STAND. The film looks like it will finish in 10th place, with a measly $6 million. I have to say I’m completely shocked by this, especially since the film was generally well reviewed and was tracking with a decent word of mouth. I understand Auhnuld has been out of the movies for a while, but I really thought audiences would be excited to see him back on the big screen. I’d bet the film will find an audience on Blu-ray, but Schwarzenegger’s big comeback might take longer than anticipated.
Next week sees the release of a few odd titles, including PARKER, HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS and MOVIE 43. I would never bet on a Jason Statham movie to do well at the box office, so I don’t give PARKER too much of a chance, but I’m not so sure about HANSEL & GRETEL and MOVIE 43. Hansel might be able to bring in the fantasy crowds, even thought the film doesn’t look like much fun. As for MOVIE 43, I don’t see a collection of short comedies doing well, but there’s something appealing about the film and the numerous stars shouldn’t hurt it. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Mama $28.1m
2. Zero Dark Thirty $17.6m
3. Silver Linings Playbook $11.3m
4. Gangster Squad $9.1m
5. Broken City $9m
6. Django Unchained $8.2m
7. A Haunted House $8m
8. Les Miserables $7.8m
9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $6.5m
10. The Last Stand $6.3m