Universal's Mama rounded out its very successful first week in theatres with a first place take of $1.10 million on Thursday. The PG-13 horror film starring Jessica Chastain increased by 6 percent over Wednesday, which is a good sign for the film as it heads into its second weekend of release. Mama exceeded expectations this weekend with a seven-day start of $35.79 million. That easily made Mama the week's top film and was an impressive 50 percent stronger than the $23.85 million one-week start of last year's The Possession.
Zero Dark Thirty grossed $1.00 million to remain in a close second place for the day. Sony's Best Picture nominee, also starring Jessica Chastain, was up 5 percent over Wednesday. Zero Dark Thirty was down 45 percent from last Thursday, but will hope to stabilize over the weekend thanks in part to the break in the NFL Playoffs over the frame. For the week, Zero Dark Thirty finished in second with $21.76 million. That was down 34 percent from last week and brings the film's domestic total to $60.10 million.
The Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook was up a healthy 9 percent over Wednesday to hold steady in third with $0.92 million. The Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence placed in third for the week with $15.51 million. That represented a 103 percent increase over the previous frame, thanks in part to the film's expansion into an additional 1,713 locations last Friday. Silver Linings Playbook has grossed $59.46 million to date and is in great shape to hold up well once again over the upcoming weekend.
Fox's Broken City and Lionsgate's The Last Stand rounded out their disappointing first weeks with respective seventh place and tenth place takes of $528,662 and $363,748 on Thursday. Both modestly budgeted R-rated star vehicles failed to make an impact at the box office this weekend, thanks in part to the onslaught of R-rated films currently in the marketplace. The Mark Wahlberg led Broken City placed in fifth for the week with $11.27 million, while Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback vehicle The Last Stand landed in tenth with a seven-day start of only $8.53 million. Neither film is expected to hold up well this weekend, especially with three more R-rated films entering the marketplace today.