'Zero Dark Thirty' captures No. 1 at box office


The film nabbed first place with $24 million in its first weekend in wide release. It earned five Oscar nominations last week, including nods for best picture, best original screenplay and best actress for Jessica Chastain as a dogged CIA operative.

The horror parody "A Haunted House" starring Marlon Wayans debuted in second place with a solid $18.8 million. "Gangster Squad," starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn, opened below expectations in third place with $16.7 million.

"Django Unchained" came in at No. 4 with $11 million and "Les Miserables" rounded out the top five with $10.1 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Zero Dark Thirty," $24 million
2. "A Haunted House," $18.8 million
3. "Gangster Squad," $16.7 million
4. "Django Unchained," $11 million
5. "Les Miserables," $10.1 million
6. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $9 million
7. "Lincoln," $6.3 million
8. "Parental Guidance," $6.1 million
9. "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," $5.1 million
10. "Silver Linings Playbook," $5 million

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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