Expanding to wide release Stateside, "Zero Dark Thirty (2012)" successfully tops the North American box office this week by taking in $24.4 million. Recently snatching Best Picture nomination at Oscars, the Osama bin Laden hunt movie easily beats this week's new releases, "A Haunted House" and "Gangster Squad".
The Kathryn Bigelow-directed movie, which has been released in selected U.S. theater since December 19, garnered an "A-" CinemaScore from audience. It attracts 60% male moviegoers. Sony Pictures' worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer says, " 'Zero Dark Thirty' is a big success. Kathryn did a masterful job of telling this story."
Open Road Films' horror parody "A Haunted House" enters the chart at number 2 with $18.1 million, exceeding the studio's expectation. "[Writer] Marlon [Wayans] created a groundswell," Open Road's marketing head Jason Cassidy says of the comedy, which attracts 48% African-American moviegoers and 30% Latinos.
"Gangster Squad", meanwhile, opens at number 3 after being postponed from its original 2012 date. Grossing $17 million, the movie receives a "B+" CinemasScore from audience. Securing the fourth and fifth places respectively are Oscar nominees "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables".
The slavery era film bags $11 million for a total domestic gross of $125.3 million after three weeks of playing Stateside. The musical drama, on the other hand, takes in $9.6 million for a total cume of $119.2 million also in its third week.
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