21 January 2013 12:27 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While it's hard to say what, if any, impact she had, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ruled the box office over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with Mama and Zero Dark Thirty. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook expanded to over 2,500 locations and had its best weekend yet, and stars Mark Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined bombs Broken City and The Last Stand. Mama drastically exceeded expectations with a $28.4 million three-day debut ($32.15 million four-day). While the supernatural horror genre is pretty reliable, this is an unusually high opening for an entry that doesn't utilize found footage; in fact, it's the genre's top non-found-footage debut since 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose ($30.1 million). Also, in just three days it earned more than producer Guillermo del Toro's last movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark earned in its entire run ($24 million). Aside from the advantages inherent to the genre, Mama also benefited from a »

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