Los Angeles: 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, 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.