Weekend Box Office – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a keeper

Posted: January 13, 2013 in Movies

This weekend’s box office numbers finally saw Best Picture Oscar contender Zero Dark Thirty get a wide release and not disappoint.  The film, about the insane 10 year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, debuted with $24M, rather strong for an R-rated drama contending for viewers with other Oscar hopefuls; Django Unchained and Les Misérables.  It’s an impressive debut for Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow in her follow up to the Iraqi war film, The Hurt Locker.

The number two film at the box office was the horror genre spoof A Haunted House, which managed to bring in $18.8M.  Just goes to show you that movie spoof films are still alive and kicking.  Can anyone say Scary Movie 19?

Third at the box office was the disappointing Ryan Gosling gangster action/drama, Gangster Squad.  The film, which was originally due to release this past summer but was delayed and went through reshoots due to the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting massacre.  It lost much of its built up momentum and will ultimately end up being a failure.

Rounding out the top five were Best Picture nominees Django Unchained and Les Misérables, bringing in $11.1M and $10.1M respectively.

Here is the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Zero Dark Thirty – $24 ($29.4)

2) A Haunted House – $18.8 (NEW)

3) Gangster Squad – $16.7 (NEW)

4) Django Unchained – $11 ($125.4)

5) Les Misérables – $10.1 ($119.2)

6) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $9 ($278.1)

7) Lincoln – $6.3 ($152.5)

8) Parental Guidance – $6.1 ($60.6)

9) Texas Chainsaw 3D – $5.1 ($30.7)

10) Silver Linings Playbook – $5 ($41.3)


Via Box Office Mojo


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