Jessica Chastain Rules Over Box Office; MAMA & ZERO Take Friday Night
Jessica Chastain is having a major couple of weeks.
Following her Academy Award nomination for ZERO DARK THIRTY, making her Broadway debut, and winning a Golden Globe for 'Best Actress, Chastain's latest movie, MAMA, is making some major money at the box office. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film took in $10.1 million dollars on Friday, easily claiming the top spot. Her other film, THIRY, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, took second place with $4.6M.
For the entire four-day weekend, Universal predicts that MAMA will gross approximately $30 million. Sony is pushing for Zero Dark Thirty to earn another $18M following its box office win with $24M last weekend.
MAMA, produced by Guillermo Del Toro, follows the eerie story of a couple, Annie and Lucas, who are faced with the challenge of raising Lucas' young nieces, who were discovered in a forest after being lost there for five years. Nobody knows how they survived in the forest for that long. It becomes apparent that the girls are being haunted by a ghostly woman they believe to be their mother.
Directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow with a screenplay by Mark Boal, both associated with The Hurt Locker, also features Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini, Joel Edgerton, EdgaR Ramirez, and Mark Strong.