'Mama' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' top Friday box office
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is having a good week at the box office. The horror thriller "Mama" and Oscar-nominated drama "Zero Dark Thirty" -- which both feature Chastain in the lead role -- topped Friday's box office.
"Mama" earned an estimated $10.1 million on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is reportedly projected to gross $30 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
The film, directed by Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro who is likely best known for the "Hellboy" franchise and "Pan's Labryinth," is about a couple who takes in their two nieces who were abandoned in the woods for five years after the deaths of their parents. However, the two girls have a bond with an evil spirit.
"Zero Dark Thirty" landed in second place for the day with $4.6 million, according to the site. The controversial film, which topped last weekend's box office, is expected to earn $18 million over the weekend.
"Zero Dark Thirty" tells the story of the American efforts to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. Jessica Chastain stars as a Maya, a young CIA officer who becomes obsessed with finding the former Al Qaeda leader. It was directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
Chastain won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film and is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.
Another post-Oscar nominations announcement success story goes to "Silver Linings Playbook," which tied for third place with "Broken City" after expanding to more theaters nationwide. Both films earned $3 million on Friday and "Silver Linings Playbook" is expected to out-gross "Broken City" after the four-day totals come in.
Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger's return in a leading role in "The Last Stand" fell short. The action film grossed just $2 million on Friday.
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