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Zero Dark Thirty Hunts Down Top Spot; A Haunted House & Gangster Squad Follow

By Daniel Gates



Zero Dark Thirty, about the CIA manhunt for Osama bin Laden, won the top spot at the weekend box office.

The Oscar-nominated thriller, starring Jessica Chastain, earned $24 million in its first week of expanded nationwide play.

The horror spoof A Haunted House came in second place with $18.8 million.

Gangster Squad, the new mob period piece featuring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn, nabbed third with $16.7 million.

Django Unchained and Les Miserables took fourth and fifth places with $11 million and $10.1 million, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 were The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($9.1 million), Lincoln ($6.3 million), family comedy Parental Guidance ($6.1 million), last week’s champ Texas Chainsaw 3D ($5.2 million), and the Tom Cruise movie Jack Reacher ($5 million).

What did you see this weekend?

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