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
Zero Dark Thirty Drops 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)

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. (More box office stories.)

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