'Zero Dark Thirty' takes top spot at weekend box office
From The Associated Press:
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Zero Dark Thirty," $24 million ($1.2 million international). (Review by The News-Herald's Mark Meszoros: Bin Laden hunted in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' one of year's best films)
2. "A Haunted House," $18.8 million.
3. "Gangster Squad," $16.7 million ($9.1 million international). (Review by Meszoros: 'Gangster Squad' gets the job done, if sloppily)
4. "Django Unchained," $11 million. (Review by Meszoros: With fun, vulgar and violent 'Django Unchained,' Waltz, Tarantino again a terrific tandem)
5. "Les Miserables," $10.1 million ($25.5 million international). (Review by Meszoros: Director, female stars make 'Les Miserables' a winning adaptation)
6. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $9 million ($26.1 million international). (Review by Meszoros: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has familiar ring to it)
7. "Lincoln," $6.3 million. (Review by Meszoros: 'Lincoln,' powered by Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal, engrossingly brings to life crucial bit of presidential history)
8. "Parental Guidance," $6.1 million ($4.6 million international). (Review by The AP's Michael Rechtshaffen: You can go only so wrong with 'Parental Guidance')
9. "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," $5.1 million ($1.2 million international). (Review by The AP's Frank Schenk: 'Chainsaw' loving homage to '74 original)
10. "Silver Linings Playbook," $5 million. (Review by The AP's Christy Lemire: Charming 'Silver Linings Playbook' has great performances from Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence)
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl