Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Kristen Stewart Is First American Actress Nominated for César Awards in 30 Years; 'Saint Laurent' Leads with Ten Kristen Stewart Is First American Actress Nominated for César Awards in 30 Years; 'Saint Laurent' Leads with Ten How They Sustained the Times Square Momentum in 'Birdman' VIDEO How They Sustained the Times Square Momentum in 'Birdman' VIDEO 6 Things to Know About Sexy Sundance Breakout 'Diary of a Teenage Girl,' Part of Sundance's Women's New Wave 6 Things to Know About Sexy Sundance Breakout 'Diary of a Teenage Girl,' Part of Sundance's Women's New Wave Sundance Raves About Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the Devil in 'Last Days in the Desert' Sundance Raves About Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the Devil in 'Last Days in the Desert' Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview) Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview) Filmmakers, Give Us Your Numbers! Sundance and Cinereach Unveil The Transparency Project Filmmakers, Give Us Your Numbers! Sundance and Cinereach Unveil The Transparency Project Sundance Market Explodes with 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Sundance Market Explodes with 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Top Ten Takeaways: Polarizing 'American Sniper' Speeds Past $200 Million; Lopez Trounces Depp Top Ten Takeaways: Polarizing 'American Sniper' Speeds Past $200 Million; Lopez Trounces Depp Arthouse Audit: Panic Time? 'Mommy,' 'Red Army,' 'Black Sea,' 'Cake,' 'Duke of Burgundy' All Disappoint Arthouse Audit: Panic Time? 'Mommy,' 'Red Army,' 'Black Sea,' 'Cake,' 'Duke of Burgundy' All Disappoint 2015 PGA Winners: 'Birdman' Steals 'Boyhood''s Awards Season Thunder 2015 PGA Winners: 'Birdman' Steals 'Boyhood''s Awards Season Thunder Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' at Sundance (Exclusive Video Interview) Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' at Sundance (Exclusive Video Interview) Sundance Acquisitions Market Heats Up with 'The Bronze' and 
'The Witch' Sundance Acquisitions Market Heats Up with 'The Bronze' and 'The Witch' Sundance: Netflix Inks Four-Picture Deal with Duplass Brothers Sundance: Netflix Inks Four-Picture Deal with Duplass Brothers Early Reviews Portend Sundance Breakout in Stylish Historical Horror 'The Witch' Early Reviews Portend Sundance Breakout in Stylish Historical Horror 'The Witch' Sundance: 5 Things to Expect From Alex Gibney's Damning Scientology Doc 'Going Clear' Sundance: 5 Things to Expect From Alex Gibney's Damning Scientology Doc 'Going Clear' Martin Scorsese Breaks Long-Awaited 'Silence,' Set to Begin Filming This Month Martin Scorsese Breaks Long-Awaited 'Silence,' Set to Begin Filming This Month Watch: Meet the Women of 'Birdman' (Exclusive 4-Minute Featurette) Watch: Meet the Women of 'Birdman' (Exclusive 4-Minute Featurette) Watch: Hitchcock's Thwarted Holocaust Documentary Comes to HBO Watch: Hitchcock's Thwarted Holocaust Documentary Comes to HBO Best Actor Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATED Best Actor Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATED Oscar Predictions 2015 Oscar Predictions 2015

Box Office Preview: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Achieves Mission; 'Haunted House' Edges 'Gangster Squad' for Second Place

Thompson on Hollywood By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood January 12, 2013 at 2:49PM

"Zero Dark Thirty" stood out among eight Oscar Best Pictures nominees in release the weekend after the nominations with a strong $9 million and a likely dominant #1 position expected for the weekend. But the shocker so far is Open Road's unheralded "The Haunted House," which for its opening day seems to have slightly edged Warner Bros.' delayed release of "Gangster Squad" for #2 so far. The latter was thought to possible be a rival to "Zero Dark" for the top spot. Instead, even though it is showing at 1,000 more theaters than "Haunted," it looks to be in a battle for second place, a very disappointing result for this bigger-name driven, much more expensive film.
3
'Zero Dark Thirty'
'Zero Dark Thirty'

"Zero Dark Thirty" stood out among eight Oscar Best Pictures nominees in release the weekend after the nominations with a strong $9 million and a likely dominant #1 position expected for the weekend. But the shocker so far is Open Road's unheralded "The Haunted House," which for its opening day seems to have slightly edged Warner Bros.' delayed release of "Gangster Squad" for #2 so far. The latter was thought to possible be a rival to "Zero Dark" for the top spot. Instead, even though it is showing at 1,000 more theaters than "Haunted," it looks to be in a battle for second place, a very disappointing result for this bigger-name driven, much more expensive film.

The impact of all these Oscar films helped grosses for the top ten to climb $6 million from $30 million for last year's second Friday in January. The difference though is that the nominations came two weeks earlier this year, when more of the late year films are still in elevated current release and in position to benefit.

The nominations actually didn't provide a boost for all of the other nominees. Previously very strong "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" both fell around 45% from last Friday to #4 and #5 respectively, which is around what or even more than their drop would have been expected to be with no Oscar attention. Down the line, top-nodded "Lincoln" rose to #7 (one notch) with about a 15% jump from last Friday, and should hit $150 million today.

"Silver Linings Playbook" - which finally goes wide next week, after already having played most of the country since Thanksgiving, could end up #10 with a strong Saturday, and with a small increase in theaters jumped around 45% from last week, suggesting it has potential to far exceed the $38 million in the till so far. "Life of Pi," hurt by a normal drop in theaters, still added $670,000 for the day, with the real chance that it will pass $100 million. "Argo," which is in its fourth month, managed to add $335,000 to its already strong $110 million so far.

Of the nine Best Picture nominees, only the long-ago finished "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and the subtitled "Amour" (which widened somewhat yesterday, grosses to be reported tomorrow) are certain not to reach the $100 million mark. That would mean, with the likelihood that "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Life of Pi" will join the others, that seven on the nine nominees will be widely-seen popular successes, at the high end among nominees since the list expanded above five. That could make this year's Oscar telecast as well-viewed as the years blockbusters "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings" were in contention.

Top 10 Friday grosses (in millions + total)

1. "Zero Dark Thirty" (Sony) - $9.0/$14.5

2. "A Haunted House" (Open Road) - $6.7/$6.7

3. "Gangster Squad" (Warner Bros.) - $6.7/$6.7

4. "Django Unchained" (Weinstein) - $3.5/ $117.8

5. "Les Miserables" (Universal) - $2.8/$111.9

6. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (Warner Bros.) - $2.3/$271.4

7. "Lincoln" (Buena Vista) - $1.8/$148.1

8. "Texas Chainsaw" (Lionsgate) - $1.8/$27.4

9. "Parental Guidance" (20th Century-Fox) - $1.7/$56.3

10. "Jack Reacher" (Paramount) - $1.6/$69.4

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Awards, Awards, Academy Awards, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Les Miserables


E-Mail Updates