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Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain films take top 2 spots at box office

A scene from the 2013 film 'Mama.' (Photo by George Kraychyk, courtesy of Universal Pictures)

January 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ruled the box office this weekend with not one, but two films.

Supernatural horror flick "Mama" took the No. 1 spot and features Chastain as Anabel, the aunt of two little girls who somehow survived in alone the wilderness for at least five years. Or were they alone? The scary movie brought in just over $28 million in its opening weekend.

Chastain also stars in the hunt for Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty," which held strong in the No. 2 spot with $17.6 million.

"Silver Linings Playbook" came in third with $11.4 million, while "Gangster Squad" and "Broken City" rounded out the top 5.

"The Last Stand," Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest box office attempt, opened with a mere $6.3 million, although it was enough to edge it to the No. 10 spot. Still, it is one of the worst debuts for the once dependable action star.

The top 10 movies at the box office this weekend are:

1. "Mama," $28.1 million.
2. "Zero Dark Thirty," $17.6 million.
3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $11.4 million.
4. "Gangster Squad," $9.1 million.
5. "Broken City," $9 million.
6. "A Haunted House," $8.3 million.
7. "Django Unchained," $8.2 million.
8. "Les Miserables," $7.8 million.
9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $6.4 million.
10. "The Last Stand," $6.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.