Weekend Box-Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Outperforms 'Haunted House' and 'Gangster Squad'

Zero Dark Thirty posterI spent this morning watching the Seattle Seahawks lose in a heartbreaker to the Atlanta Falcons so today's box-office report is going to be a bit truncated and rushed as a result as we prepare for our live blog of the 2013 Golden Globes, which will be begin very shortly at 5 PM PST / 8 EST.

Before that, however, let's talk about Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty crushing the competition as it the Oscar-nominated thriller added 2,877 theaters this weekend and tallied $24 million and a #1 spot at the box-office. Laremy's $27 million prediction was a little high, but he had the position right as there was some debate over whether or not it could withstand the newcomers.

Looking over read predictions, Corbin was almost right on the money with a $23.7 million prediction as many thought Gangster Squad would open the victor. Unfortunately, Warner Bros.' long-delayed gangster flick was unable to make up any ground over the weekend, opening on Friday with $6.7 million and maintaining a decent hold on Saturday only to dip hard on Sunday.

Gangster Squad wasn't even able to take the #2 position as a result, bringing in $16.7 million, which was bested by the low budget horror parody A Haunted House, which continues to prove low budget horrors (parody or otherwise) are a mean source of profit. Budgeted at $2.5 million, A Haunted House brought in $18.8 million over the three-day and is already in the black.

Elsewhere, last weekend's #1, Texas Chainsaw 3D, sunk like a stone, dropping 76.3% from last weekend to a ninth place, $5.1 million finish.

As far as Oscar bumps go, Silver Linings Playbook added 65 theaters and took tenth with $5 million and Argo added 319 theaters and brought in $1.2 million. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln scored the most Academy nominations last week and it brought in 16.6% more than last weekend with $6.3 million and it has now made over $152 million domestically.

The per theater winner was another Best Picture nominee, Michael Haneke's Amour, which added 12 theaters and is now playing in a whopping 15 where it took in $270,600 for a $18,040 per theater average.

Next weekend sees the release of the Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe thriller Broken City, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror Mama and The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Anyone want to make any early predictions?

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for January 11 - January 13, 2013

  1. Zero Dark Thirty was #1 at the box-office
  2. A Haunted House () - $18.1 million
    From 2,160 theaters ($8,380 avg.) / $2.5 million budget / 6%
  3. Gangster Squad () - $17 million
    From 3,103 theaters ($5,479 avg.) / 32%
  4. Django Unchained () - $11 million ($125.3m cume)
    From 3,012 theaters ($3,652 avg.) / $100 million budget / 88%
  5. Les Miserables () - $9.6 million ($118.7m cume)
    From 2,927 theaters ($3,280 avg.) / $61 million budget
  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey () - $9.1 million ($278.2m cume)
    From 3,012 theaters ($3,021 avg.) / 65%
  7. Lincoln () - $6.3 million ($152.6m cume)
    From 2,027 theaters ($3,108 avg.) / $65 million budget / 89%
  8. Parental Guidance () - $6 million ($60.6m cume)
    From 2,957 theaters ($2,029 avg.) / $25 million budget / 19%
  9. Texas Chainsaw 3D () - $5.2 million ($30.8m cume)
    From 2,659 theaters ($1,956 avg.) / 18%
  10. Silver Linings Playbook () - $5 million ($41.3m cume)
    From 810 theaters ($6,173 avg.) / $21 million budget / 92%
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  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    This makes me wonder how Silver Linings Playbook will do when it expands into 2,500 theaters next weekend. Newcomers include Mama, Broken City, and The Last Stand, and of course it is facing off against Zero Dark Thirty.

    Silver Linings doesn't have as much discussion around it right now as Zero Dark Thirty does, but hopefully it picks up some steam from the Oscars/Globes and some solid word-of-mouth and has a strong showing. I'll be curious to see Laremy's thoughts on the weekend come Thursday's oracle article!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Rach/ Rach

    Sorry Brad and Laremy, it might have been a heartbreaker for you but I am quite happy here in Atlanta, Georgia. Best record in the league on the way to the superbowl G-D willing, lets go FALCONS! :-). Plus it'll make my podcast listening much more enjoyable when I'm not crushed as you two gloat :-P

  • bill

    anyone think Lincoln can hit 200 mil?

  • Bron

    I think Lincoln may pass Saving Private Ryan's $215 Million.

  • Bron

    Next weekend:

    Broken City- $25 Million
    Mama- $19 Million
    The Last Stand- $16.8 Million
    Zero Dark Thirty- $15 Million
    Silver Linings Playbook- $13.5 Million
    Gangster Squad- $12 Million
    A Haunted House - $9 Million
    Django Unchained- $8 Million
    Les Miserables- $7.5 Million
    Lincoln - $7 Million
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $5 Million

  • Michael E

    How about some Falcon love!!

  • dslacker

    I want to predict that every film released in January will suck - just like they have for the last ## years. Thankfully we have great holdovers from 2012.

  • Jack

    1. Broken City- $19 milion
    2. Mama- $17.5 million
    3. Zero Dark Thirty- $15 million
    4. The Last Stand- $13.5 million
    5. Gangster Squad- $8.5 million
    6. Silver Linings Playbook- $7.5 million
    7. Django Unchained- $7 million
    8. Les Miserables- $6 million
    9. A Hanuted House- $4.5 million
    10. Lincoln- $3.5 million

  • Connor420

    Very disappointing NFL weekend. I am a Broncos fan, so I feel the worst than all of you guys. I wanted Texans, Packers, and Seahawks too. I know this has nothing to do with the box office, but whatever.

  • Bazellis

    Arnie to rock the BO next weekend:-

    The Last Stand - 24.5M