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As has been commented on by more than one person in the last day or two, this weekend's box office chart tells of an impressive feat. Both the number one movie, the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror "Mama," and the number two film, Kathryn Bigelow's much-lauded "Zero Dark Thirty," feature the same actress in the lead role -- Jessica Chastain. Chastain was virtually unknown this time two years ago, but a flurry of activity in 2011, with "The Tree Of Life," "Take Shelter," "The Debt," "Coriolanus" and "Texas Killing Fields" culminated in an Oscar nomination for her role in blockbuster hit "The Help." And her success continued in 2012 with "Lawless" and a vocal turn in "Madagascar 3," with 2013 kicking off with a second Oscar nomination for "Zero Dark Thirty," an acclaimed turn on Broadway in "The Heiress," and her current box-office supremacy. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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