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Three films starring Best Actress Oscar nominees nabbed the top positions, while three other films loaded with "A" list male actors struggled at the weekend box office. Jessica Chastain leads the way, with her horror film "Mama" grossing far above expectations, while her nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty" held on strong in its second wide week. Meantime, "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Chastain's Oscar rival Jennifer Lawrence, who went on Saturday Night Live, finally went wide to reasonable success. The same can't be said for new openings "Broken City" or "The Last Stand," nor the holdover for "Gangster City," all mostly far more expensive conventional action/male audience oriented films, all of which look like potential significant losses. Martin Luther King holiday weekend traditionally sees a range of such films (which stand in contrast to the more recent holiday adult and family audience »

- Tom Brueggemann

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