19 January 2013 3:15 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This weekend Jessica Chastain owns the box office, a rarity for actresses today. Based on Friday's numbers she looks to lead both the three-day and four-day numbers with the top two films -- the new Spanish horror film "Mama" and the second week of the wide release of her nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty." Meanwhile her Oscar rival Jennifer Lawrence is hosting "Saturday Night Live" as her "Silver Linings Playbook" finally goes wide. It isn't unusual for a leading Oscar contender to have a new film out during the voting period. Natalie Portman's "No Strings Attached" also opened to #1 two years ago, although "Black Swan" was not #2. Eddie Murphy had "Norbit" open at the top while "Dreamgirls" was contending. A rare case for any actor to be the star of the top two films was Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998, when "The Man in the Iron Mask" supplanted "Titanic" from #1 after. »


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