R Reports - Jessica Chastain overpowered Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others as her low-budget horror flick emerged as the North American weekend box office champ and her Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" captured the second spot as well.
Chastain's supernatural thriller, "Mama," pulled in 28 million dollars (USD) from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates, beating out a crop of new testosterone-fueled, male-targeted releases that finished far back in the pack.
"Zero Dark Thirty," for which Chastain is a leading best actress Oscar contender, took in 17.6 million, while another late 2012 release and Oscar favorite, "Silver Linings Playbook," finished third with 11.35 million.
Two new films, making their debuts this weekend, "Broken City," a crime thriller starring Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, finished fifth with 9 million. While Arnold Schwarzenegger's new action film, "The Last Stand," earned 6.3 million for a dismal 10th place.
An Arizona man with a special fondness for caped crusader Batman and his sidekickRobin bought the original Batmobile driven in the iconic television series with a bid of 4.2 million dollars (USD) at an auction on Saturday (January 19).