Zero Dark Thirty Drops Gangster Squad

Kathryn Bigelow's thriller gets boost from Oscar nom

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2013 5:40 PM CST

(Newser) Zero Dark Thirty kicked Gangster Squad's butt at the box office this weekend after receiving an Oscar nomination for best picture, says the Hollywood Reporter. Kathryn Bigelow's followup to The Hurt Locker banked a surprising $24 million, ahead of Haunted House ($18.8 million), the star-studded Gangster Squad ($16.7 million), Django Unchained ($11.1 million), and Les Miserables ($10.1 million). Other contenders for best picture, like Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Life of Pi saw a good boost or minimal slide in ticket sales after the Academy's announcement this week.

This undated publicity photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows the star-studded cast of Gangster Squad.
This undated publicity photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows the star-studded cast of "Gangster Squad."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Wilson Webb)
This publicity photo shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles in the new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty.
This publicity photo shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles in the new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)
This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Jessica Chastain as Maya in Columbia Pictures' new thriller, Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Jessica Chastain as Maya in Columbia Pictures' new thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow.   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)
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