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Horror film about a couple who adopt two feral children dispatches Kathryn Bigelow's counter-terrorism thriller from No 1

These are great times for Jessica Chastain. The Juilliard graduate burst on to the scene in 2011 after many years at the coalface, including a dispiriting four-year stint immediately following her arrival in Los Angeles when she could not get a single movie role. What a difference a few years makes. Chastain won the Golden Globe best dramatic actress prize last weekend for Zero Dark Thirty and is considered the Oscar frontrunner for her role as the CIA operative Maya.

Zero Dark Thirty fell one place to No 2 behind Chastain's new movie, the horror story Mama. The latter opened well at the top of the North American charts on an estimated $28.1m through Universal Pictures. Chastain told me last week that Mama was the first movie she signed on to after Terrence Malick »

- Jeremy Kay

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