Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box-Office: Jessica Chastain at #1 and #2 While Wahlberg and Schwarzenegger Suffer Defeats

Has Arnold's big screen return ended before it began?

Weekend Box-Office: Jessica Chastain at #1 and #2 While Wahlberg and Schwarzenegger Suffer Defeats
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Jessica Chastain gets the spotlight this weekend as she sits atop the box-office at both #1 and #2. In first was the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror Mama, racking up $28.1 million on a $15 million budget. A CinemaScore of only "B-" isn't going to help its chances in the long run, but with a budget that small and a #1 finish, it should do quite well overall and it still has overseas prospects to look forward to.

In second is Zero Dark Thirty, adding $17.6 million to its total, which is now over $55 million. I'm sure those campaigning for a Best Actress Oscar for Chastain will love this extra bit of attention as Mama has certainly proven it's not going to effect her chances one bit.

As for the last time an actor scored the #1 and #2 position at the box-office... Well, that was Chastain as well in 2011 with The Help and The Debt. Before that, Ashton Kutcher did it in 2006 with the animated film Open Season and The Guardian and Leonardo DiCaprio did it in 1998 with Titanic and The Man in the Iron Mask.

Laremy went with Zero Dark at #1 in his Thursday predictions and was at least close on the number, predicting a $18.4 million finish. However, he low-balled Mama at $15.6 million, but then again, so did most everyone.

The highest prediction for Mama from the readers was Athar at $22.5 million. He was the only one to go over $20 million on the flick, which means he saw something most everyone else didn't.

Another Best Actress contender, and one I am calling the front-runner, had nearly as much attention this weekend as Jennifer Lawrence not only hosted "Saturday Night Live" but also saw her film, Silver Linings Playbook, finally expand nationwide and into 2,523 theaters where it brought in $11.4 million and it too is now over $55 million.

When it comes to Broken City, you're looking at the worst opening for a wide released Mark Wahlberg film in twelve years. You have to go all the way back to Rock Star in 2001 to find one worse, which is sort of amazing considering that film also starred Jennifer Aniston at the height of her "Friends" career. Beyond that you have to go to The Corruptor in 1999, but that only opened in 1,804 theaters.

Broken City also boasted a cast including Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, which is to say this film wasn't light on talent, but audiences clearly weren't liking what they were seeing from trailers and reviews didn't help much. Opening in 2,620 theaters the film managed $9 million for the three-day and won't likely be around for too long. So, pretty much your average January release.

On the reader prediction side of things, Chris Etrata was closest with an $8.4 million prediction while Laremy went high at $12.2 million. Chris was the only one to go below $10 million on Broken City and the only one to go below $10 million on our next film, which gives him the crown there as well...

The Last StandArnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand is the actor's worst opening in over 25 years and nearly didn't make the top ten. You have to go all the way back to 1986 and Raw Deal to find a worse opening for a Schwarzenegger film as The Last Stand could only muster $6.3 million and, like Broken City. It carried a "B" CinemaScore, which won't help its word of mouth as much as it will allow it to fade away into the night, forgotten for eternity... or at least until the DVD and Blu-ray are released three months from now, then it will be forgotten.

Has Arnold's big screen return ended before it began? It would seem Reddit Q&As and press junkets with tanks may give you Internet attention, but that's about it.

In other news, Django Unchained opened internationally this weekend and scored $48.1 million in 54 territories (source) and Skyfall became only the fourth 2012 release to cross the $300 million mark domestically, the other three are The Hunger Games ($408m), The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1m) and The Avengers ($623.3m).

Next weekend's selection of new releases doesn't look too much better than this weekend with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Movie 43 and the requisite Jason Statham actioner Parker. At least you can go see films like Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained if you haven't done so yet, or maybe see them again?

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for January 18 - January 20, 2013

  1. Mama was #1 at the box-office
    • Mama
    • $28.4 million
    • THEATERS: 2,647 ($10,729 per theater)
    • BUDGET: $15 million
    • ROTTEN TOMATOES: 62%
  2. Zero Dark Thirty () - $15.7 million ($54.1m cume)
    From 2,946 theaters ($5,329 avg.) / $40 million budget / 93%
  3. Silver Linings Playbook () - $10.7 million ($54.7m cume)
    From 2,523 theaters ($4,241 avg.) / $21 million budget / 92%
  4. Gangster Squad () - $8.6 million ($31.7m cume)
    From 3,103 theaters ($2,772 avg.) / $60 million budget / 32%
  5. Broken City () - $8.2 million
    From 2,620 theaters ($3,130 avg.) / $35 million budget / 25%
  6. A Haunted House () - $8.1 million ($29.7m cume)
    From 2,160 theaters ($3,750 avg.) / $2.5 million budget / 6%
  7. Django Unchained () - $7.7 million ($137.8m cume)
    From 2,516 theaters ($3,060 avg.) / $100 million budget / 88%
  8. Les Miserables () - $7.4 million ($130.0m cume)
    From 2,579 theaters ($2,869 avg.) / $61 million budget
  9. The Last Stand () - $6.2 million
    From 2,913 theaters ($2,128 avg.) / 59%
  10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey () - $6.1 million ($287.1m cume)
    From 2,323 theaters ($2,626 avg.) / 65%
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  • Tiny

    Jessica Chastain had the top 1 & 2 spot last year for THE HELP & THE DEBT

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Ha ha, you are absolutely right. My memory is too short. Updated the article. Thanks for the help.

  • Rob

    When it comes to holding the #1 and #2 spot is that counting just lead roles or being in the movie period? Cause if you count voice work, Denis Leary held the #1 and #2 spot last summer with Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Amazing Spider-Man.

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

      That should count since brad mentioned kutcher for open season and the guardian.

  • Winchester

    Is there a budget for The Last Stand? Because that opening is really bad. But it's been heavily advertised just now even in the UK so I'm thinking the studio must have spent on it somewhere.

    Looking further down Life of Pi will cross $100 million as well soon which didn't seem a guarantee when it opened but that massive foreign haul sure makes it a good earner for Fox. And Skyfall clears $300 million with The Hobbit soon to follow as well. So at least it's maintaining the series' baseline domestic performance.

    Next weeked it would seem to be slim pickings with Hansel best placed for top spot unless a holdover takes the crown. Statham usually tops out around $30 million and I don't see Parker being much different.

  • Dennis

    The last stand had shades of Ford and action scenes as good as any john woo. It's likely Arnold Schwarzenegger's best film. Sad it got overlooked

    • Colin

      I think Terminator 2 and True Lies still rank as his best for me.

  • Torryz

    No movies for me last week and none this week. I hate January. Mostly bad movies and it leaves me a little depressed.

  • Casper12

    Hansel and Gretel looks to top next weekend. Movie opened strongly internationally.

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

    I feel bad for arnie, he is really confident that he could ride the stallone-mobile and revitalize his career with a pilot actioner, much like sly did with rambo/expendables...but it looks like ah-nold is gonna need to put his back into it. soooo, another "twins" movie he said? lolz

    • Stiggy

      I wouldn't be suprised if Chastain said something on the lines of "Hasta la Vista Schwarzenegger".

  • anthony caban

    Next Weekend
    1.Hansel and Gretel $35 million
    2.Movie 43 $12 million

    • John

      Hansel and Gretal will be lucky to make $35 million in total

      • anthony caban

        is that what you predicted hansel and gretel to make?

  • Newbourne

    Because of all the repeat Oscar nominees this year, I noticed an incredible coincidental stat.

    There have been exactly 75 male and 75 female actors nominated in the past 10 ceremonies. That means there have been 25 repeated nominations for male actors and 25 repeated nominations for female actors in the past decade. That's a pretty cool coincidence if I say so myself.

  • Stiggy

    What are the odds of that, Arnie being beaten by a Brit called Martin Freeman. That's more humiliating than Chastain.