1. Zero Dark Thirty – $24,000,000
2. A Haunted House – $18,817,000
3. Gangster Squad – $16,710,000
4. Django Unchained – $11,065,000
5. Les Miserables – $10,127,000
6. The Hobbit – $9,080,000
7. Lincoln – $6,314,000
8. Parental Guidance – $6,100,000
9. Texas Chainsaw 3D – $5,150,000
10. Silver Linings Playbook – $5,000,000
I don’t have enough time to do the usual analysis of the weekend box office that I usually do (because of the Golden Globes and too many good shows starting new seasons tonight) but I’ll run it down really quick.
Zero Dark Thirty expanded wide after being on less than 100 screens in weeks past, and it took the weekend. It will only continue to grow its gross as it get closer to the Oscars and people are curious to see what Jessica Chastain is all about. A Haunted House won’t last another weekend once word of mouth gets out, but the fact is, it was made for less than $3 million so it’s an instant hit, and Marlon Wayans can do what he wants once again.
Gangster Squad was plagued with the delay for reshoots for a more sensitive scene to replace the theater-shooting scene, and it might have suffered for it. Word is it’s not great either, so I’ll be surprised to see it play long. Django Unchained continues to do well, it is well beyond $100 million, making it profitable and it will continue to play well for at least another month.
Les Miserables is also a hit, now that it has doubled its budget. Lincoln is playing both long and strong, nearly tripling its budget so far. Since Day-Lewis is a top favorite for an Oscar, it will continue to do well. Texas Chainsaw 3D had a steep drop off of 76%, but it made what it needed to make in its first weekend, so no one cares that it will be gone from theaters in less than a month. Silver Linings Playbook is finally on over 800 screens, and still doing well on a per-screen average. It has doubled its budget, and with awards attention, it will only continue to play well.
Out of the top 10, but on the radar for awards recognition is Life of Pi, which might be Ang Lee’s last big budget movie since it is still yet to turn a profit at a $120 million cost. However, the 3D Blu-ray might do well enough to make it break even, so who knows. See ya next week, watch Girls until then.