Though horror films generally are a hit with male audiences,
appealed strongly to females, who made up 61% of its moviegoers. That was key on a weekend filled with male-driven movies, including
'The Last Stand
, Warner Bros.'
"It's an incredibly competitive marketplace for testosterone-driven films," said Dergarabedian.
The Weinstein Co.'s
Silver Linings Playbook
, nominated for eight Academy Awards including best picture, expanded to its largest number of theaters in its 10th week of release. Playing in 2,523 theaters, a jump of 1,713 theaters, the David O. Russell film took in $11.4 million on the weekend -- the same in which its star Jennifer Lawrence hosted
Saturday Night Live
-- for a cumulative of $55.3 million.
Also nominated for best picture, Quentin Tarantino's
, in its fourth week became the director's biggest box-office hit. It surpassed his previous film,
, by adding $8.2 million for a domestic total of $138.4 million.
Universal is owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp. (CMCSA). 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp. (NWS).