GANGSTER SQUAD SHOT DOWN BY ZD30
Producers of Warner Bros.’ all-star Gangster Squad must have felt some degree of torture as they were being battered by Sony’s Zero Dark Thirty at the box office over the weekend. Tracking studies had indicated that Gangster Squad would do gangbuster business and open with around $20-25 million. Instead, the movie, whose stars include Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin, wound up with just $17.07 million, while ZD30 performed far more strongly than anticipated as it opened wide after three weeks in limited release with $24.44 million. Another surprise: Open Road Films’ horror spoof A Haunted House came in at No. 2 with $18.01 million and posted the highest per-theater average of any film in the top ten. Overall, the box office was up about 6 percent from a year ago when Universal’s Contraband opened with $24.34 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Zero Dark Thirty, Sony, $24,438,936, 4 Wks. ($29,919,743); 2. A Haunted House, Open Road Films, $18,101,682, (New); 3. Gangster Squad, Warner Bros., $17,070,347, (New); 4. Django Unchained, Weinstein Co. $11,040,485, 3 Wks. ($125,374,607); 5. Les Misérables, Universal, $9,644,465, 3 Wks. ($118,723,185); 6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros., $9,168,431, 5 Wks. ($278,212,618); 7. Lincoln, Disney (DreamWorks), $6,335,193, 10 Wks. ($152,600,253); 8. Parental Guidance, Fox, $6,088,838, 3 Wks. ($60,639,142); 9. Texas Chainsaw 3D, Lionsgate, $5,279,245, 2 Wks. ($30,880,985); 10. Silver Linings Playbook, Weinstein Co. $5,018,527, 9 Wks. ($41,324,232).