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'Mama' screams to top of N. America box office

21 january 2013, 11:08
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Photo courtesy of geekmundo.net
Photo courtesy of geekmundo.net
Newly released horror film "Mama" pushed the Oscar-tipped bin Laden manhunt movie "Zero Dark Thirty" out of the top slot at the North American weekend box office, AFP reports according to the industry estimates showed Sunday.

"Mama," in which a shadowy being trails two young children who were rescued after being lost in the woods when their parents died, screamed into first place with $28.1 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend.

It stars Jessica Chastain, who last week won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a CIA officer in the acclaimed but controversial "Zero Dark Thirty." That film took in $17.6 million in its second weekend on national release, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The dark romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook," coming off a best comedy actress Globe win for star Jennifer Lawrence, zoomed to third place from tenth last week, raking in $11.4 million at the weekend box office.

In fourth place was the Sean Penn action flick "Gangster Squad," with $9.1 million, just barely ahead of newcomer "Broken City," a crime drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, which earned $9.0 million.

They were trailed by the comedy "A Haunted House," and Quentin Tarantino's blood-soaked spaghetti Western tribute "Django Unchained," with $8.3 million and $8.2 million respectively.

Musical adaptation "Les Miserables" took eighth place, taking in $7.8 million, beating out "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the long-awaited first part of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel trilogy.

"The Hobbit," earned $6.5 million, for a total of $287 million.

And rounding out the top 10 was Arnold Schwarzenegger's new action flick "The Last Stand," which earned $6.3 million in its debut weekend.

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