Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to starring in action films was greeted not with a roar but with a whimper. The Last Stand, also starring Johnny Knoxville, barely made it into the top 10 at the box office over its opening weekend, proving Arnold definitely isn't the box office draw he once was. And Broken City also failed to impress, which isn't the least bit surprising. When you see a film with big names like Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe getting a January release date and very little promotion, it's all but guaranteed you can skip its theatrical release without feeling that you're missing out on two hours of decent entertainment.
But there was some good news at the box office this Martin Luther King Jr Day weekend. Mama, the PG-13 rated ghost story produced by Guillermo del Toro, exceeded pre-release box office estimates, earning a solid $28 million over its first three days in release. Audiences were ready to be scared, and Mama delivered the chills and thrills. It also delivered Jessica Chastain's first crack at a horror movie, with Mama and Zero Dark Thirty (also starring Chastain) finishing 1st and 2nd. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook, opening in wide release, managed a third place finish which is way above expectations.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of January 18-20, 2013
1) Mama - $28,123,052
2) Zero Dark Thirty - $17,600,000
3) Silver Linings Playbook - $11,351,000
4) Gangster Squad - $9,110,000
5) Broken City - $9,000,000
6) A Haunted House - $8,330,000
7) Django Unchained - $8,243,000
8) Les Miserables - $7,814,370
9) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $6,405,000
10) The Last Stand - $6,300,000
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