20 January 2013 11:08 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ticket buyers in North America made something abundantly clear this past weekend.  Number one, horror films are still very much in vogue as the Guillermo del Toro produced Mama debuted with an impressive $26 million opening weekend.  Del Toro's above the title productions have been an interesting and inconsistent affair in terms of both quality and box office.  In comparison, Mama grossed more in its opening weekend than the entire run of his 2011-produced Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.  January has been kind to horror in recent years, and it seems like Universal has found the sweet spot for scary stories. 

Lesson number two: Audiences didn't seem very eager to welcome back Arnold Schwarzenegger whose new film The Last Stand opened abysmally at ninth place with $5.6 million.  The first few months of 2013 will be interesting since three major action stars of yesteryear are opening high profile action films.  Schwarzenegger's return was all but rebuked. »

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