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Mama screams to top of N. America box office

Published on Jan 21, 2013 8:42 AM
 
Newly released horror film Mama pushed the Oscar-tipped bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty out of the top slot at the North American weekend box office, industry estimates showed on Sunday. -- PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Newly released horror film Mama pushed the Oscar-tipped bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty out of the top slot at the North American weekend box office, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

Mama, in which a shadowy being trails two young children who were rescued after being lost in the woods when their parents died, screamed into first place with US$28.1 million (S$35.5 million) in ticket sales on its opening weekend.

It stars Jessica Chastain, who last week won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a CIA officer in the acclaimed but controversial Zero Dark Thirty.

That film took in US$17.6 million in its second weekend on national release, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

 
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