Neither Mark Wahlberg nor the Terminator himself could overpower Jessica Chastain over the weekend. While Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger watched their latest action flicks flame out, Chastain’s horror-themed “Mama” debuted at #1 at the box office while “Zero Dark Thirty,” which earned the actress an Oscar nomination, came in at #2.
“Mama” took in $28.1 million over the weekend. Chastain told MTV News she drew partial inspiration from Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass for her role in “Mama,” which was produced by Guillermo del Toro. The actress took home a Golden Globe for her role in the Osama bin Laden manhunt drama “Zero Dark Thirty,” which made $17.6 million in its second weekend of wide release. The Best Picture nominee has earned $55.9 million domestically thus far.
Wahlberg’s “Broken City” couldn’t beat awards-season favorite “Silver Linings Playbook,” either. The rom-com, which earned Jennifer Lawrence a Golden Globe , was #3 with $11.4 million for a $55.3 million total. “Broken City” opened at #5 with just $9 million, less than what most industry watchers predicted. Wahlberg is taking over the “Transformers” franchise , plus there’s a “Ted” sequel in the works, so “Broken City” shouldn’t hurt him much at all.
Box-office experts told MTV News that “The Last Stand” wouldn’t make more than $12 million. Arnold’s return to the big screen (if we’re not counting the extended cameos in “The Expendables” movies) ended up making half that, debuting at #10 with just $6.3 million. It was the Austrian Oak’s first starring role since 2003’s “Terminator: Rise of the Machines,” after which he took several years off from moviemaking to serve as governor of California.
Of course with everything from “The Legend of Conan” to “The Tomb” (alongside his pal Sylvester Stallone) in some stage of development or postproduction, it’d be unwise to count Arnold out just yet.
“Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, was #4 with $9.1 million. Oscar nominees “Life of Pi” and “Argo” both saw jumps after adding screens, while “Lincoln” and “Django Unchained” saw declines. Of course there’s no reason to feel badly for either flick: “Lincoln” has made over $160 million in the U.S., while “Django,” at $138.3 million, is now filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s highest-grossing picture in the U.S. thus far. Speaking of box-office milestones, Daniel Craig’s latest outing as James Bond, “Skyfall,” crossed the $300 million mark domestically.
Another “Expendables” veteran will take a crack at the box office this weekend with the arrival of Jason Statham’s “Parker.” Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton co-star as the title characters in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”