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

Sunday, January 13, 2013
FILE - This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows elite Navy SEALs raiding Osama Bin Ladens compound in the dark night in Columbia Pictures gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty.  (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

FILE - This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows elite Navy SEAL's raiding Osama Bin Laden's compound in the dark night in Columbia Pictures' gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File) (AP Photo)

"Zero Dark Thirty" hunted down the top spot at the box office - and easily won it.

Studio estimates Sunday show the controversial Osama bin Laden manhunt drama nabbed first place with $24 million in its first weekend as a wide release.

"Zero Dark Thirty" debuted nationwide this weekend after opening in a limited run last month. The Sony film earned five Academy Award nominations last week, including best picture, original screenplay and best actress for Jessica Chastain as dogged CIA operative Maya.

Open Road Films' horror parody "A Haunted House" starring Marlon Wayans came in second place with a solid $18.8 million.

The Warner Bros. mobster drama "Gangster Squad" starring Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as off-the-books police officers opened in third place with $16.7 million.

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