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This Weekend’s Winners: Guillermo del Toro’s “presentation” of Mama (No. 1 with $33.2 million) doubled what it was estimated to haul away, proving that that old Spanish saying about an ounce of mother being worth a pound of clergy might have actually short-changed mothers. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook (No. 3 with $11.4 million) expanded, expertly exploiting its Best Picture nomination. Box office overall gets a boost as a result — it’s up 14 percent over the same time last year. Zero Dark Thirty, also starring Mama’s Jessica Chastain, came in at No. 2 with $17.6 million in its second weekend in wide release. Good on Chastain.This Weekend’s Losers: A formulaic noir and a retreaded action flick found themselves both broken (Broken City; No. 5 with $9.5 million) and last (The Last Stand; No. 10 with $6.7 million). What’s in a name, indeed? How It All Went Down: Oh, zeitgeist … You’re »


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