'Mama' Banks $10 Million on Friday while Arnold's 'Last Stand' May Foreshadow the Future

More on Sunday...

Mama posterI have decided I'm no longer going to cover Friday box-office numbers on a regular basis and simply save all my weekend box-office talk for Sundays now, with Laremy still doing his box-office predictions on Thursdays. But when a film does this much money on Friday and no one expected it, it's certainly worth a brief mention.

The Guillermo del Toro-produced thriller Mama banked $10 million on Friday from 2,647 theaters, and is expected to hit $30 million for the four-day weekend. Budgeted at $15 million, the film wasn't expected to top $20 million and the lackluster "B-" CinemaScore won't likely help word of mouth. Yet, this is a result to pay attention to and had the film been better just imagine the possibilities.

The weekend also marks a #1 and #2 result for Jessica Chastain with Zero Dark Thirty taking second and Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand is flopping with $2 million.

The Friday top ten is below. I'll have more on Sunday.

  1. Mama - $10 million
  2. Zero Dark Thirty - $4.5 million
  3. Broken City - $3 million
  4. Silver Linings Playbook - $2.9 million
  5. Gangster Squad - $2.6 million
  6. Django Unchained - $2.1 million
  7. Les Miserables - $2 million
  8. The Last Stand - $2 million
  9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $1.4 million
  10. Lincoln - $1.4 million
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  • Winchester

    That's just hilariously bad for Arnie. You gotta laugh. That will be lucky to make even $20 million it's whole run. Not the start I imagine he was looking for even with a January release.

  • JayRam

    No matter how bad the movie is, Arnold always looks like he's having a good time.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    God, people love watching the same horror film again and again and again....

  • Jaylav3205

    That is very impressive number for mama. I guess you just got to pick the right horror film and sometime in the middle of January to release it and it's going to be successful nowadays. I guess Arnie can't carry a movie by himself anymore. That is kind of sad because I would really love to see him inTerminator 5. As for broken city I get a very high vibe that it's going to be something like arbitrage. I like Marky Mark but I think for me Russell Crowe's been going downhill over the past several years. Brad why do you think Kathryn Bigelow makes such good movies but they're not box office success? Is it because she's not getting a big-name actor or actress?

  • Gabriel

    Isn't a B- cinemascore good for a horror film? I rarely hear about a horror film getting above a C. Most get an F score