Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial account of the CIA’s operation to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden, dominated the weekend box office with $24 million in ticket sales. Zero Dark Thirty box office sales received an extra boost over the weekend after the film collected five 2013 Oscar nominations on Thursday.
Despite negative attention from critics over the portrayel of Zero Dark Thirty torture scenes, the film was a hit with movie-goers at the weekend box office. There is just nothing more American than a movie about spies, big guns, torture and mass murdering bad guys, right? America, f**k yeah!
The Zero Dark Thirty box office triumph over the weekend wasn’t much of a surprise. The movie opened at select theaters in late December and early January (just in time for 2013 Oscar nomination requirements) and kicked ass in ticket sales from the start. Zero Dark Thirty opened in wide release across the country on Friday and likely would have won the weekend box office handily even without the 2013 Oscar nominations.
What did come as something of a shock in the weekend box office was the poor showing of Gangster Squad. Although the film features a stellar line up of A-list talent, Gangster Squad came in a disappointing third with only $16.7 million. To add insult to injury, the movie only managed to climb to third place behind A Haunted House, an incredibly lame horror movie parody.
Rounding out the top five in the weekend box office, Quentin Tarentino‘s Django Unchained brought in $11.1 million to come in fourth. Les Miserables placed in fifth with $10.1 million. Both movies landed 2013 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.