“Zero Dark Thirty” Tops the Box Office

zero-dark-thirty-releases-a-uk-poster-121641-00-1000-100On a weekend when its star Jessica Chastain won her first and much deserved Golden Globe Award and in its first weekend in national release, the controversial but brilliant thriller Zero Dark Thirty hit the top of the box office chart with $24 million. That brings the film’s total to $29 million with much more to come for this Oscar contender that I gave a “A” grade to…. Zero easily beat the two newcomers as the new horror spoof A Haunted House took in $ 18 million while the star-studded action drama Gangster Squad with Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin opened to an ok $16 million… The Oscar noms gave nice boosts to Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook while Globe winner Les Miserables topped $119 million and became the fifth biggest musical film in history surpassing Hairspray… For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 16 Zero Dark Thirty Sony $24,000,000 +790.2% 2,937 +2,877 $8,172 $29,481,000 $40 4
2 N A Haunted House ORF $18,817,000 – 2,160 – $8,712 $18,817,000 $2.5 1
3 N Gangster Squad WB $16,710,000 – 3,103 – $5,385 $16,710,000 – 1
4 2 Django Unchained Wein. $11,065,000 -44.7% 3,012 +2 $3,674 $125,399,000 $100 3
5 4 Les Miserables (2012) Uni. $10,127,000 -36.8% 2,927 +23 $3,460 $119,206,000 $61 3
6 3 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB $9,080,000 -48.2% 3,012 -743 $3,015 $278,124,000 – 5
7 8 Lincoln BV $6,314,000 +16.6% 2,027 +126 $3,115 $152,579,000 $65 10
8 5 Parental Guidance Fox $6,100,000 -37.1% 2,957 -411 $2,063 $60,650,000 $25 3
9 1 Texas Chainsaw 3D LGF $5,150,000 -76.3% 2,659 +5 $1,937 $30,752,000 – 2
10 12 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $5,000,000 +38.2% 810 +65 $6,173 $41,306,000 $21 9

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