Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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January 14th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

“Zero Dark Thirty” grabbed top honors at the box office this weekend, thanks to earnings of $24 million. Combined with earnings from its limited release on December 19, 2012, the film has brought in more than $29 million overall. Kathryn Bigelow’s movie has nabbed a number of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Through the eyes of a CIA officer, the movie traces the challenges that take place during the search for terrorist Osama bin Laden. The CIA officer, Maya, ends up going to lengths she did not think possible, all in the name of bringing bin Laden to justice. The thriller has an R rating for language, violence, and disturbing images.

“A Haunted House” debuted in theaters with profits of $18,817,000. Kisha and her husband, Malcolm, have finally found the home of their dreams. In addition to the gorgeous architecture and great location, though, the house also comes along with a surprise that the real estate agent did not bother to mention. When Kisha and Malcolm realize that they have an unwanted guest living in their home, they will go to hilarious extremes to restore peace. The R rating is due to language, drug use, mature content, and crude humor.

“Gangster Squad” brought in $16,710,000 during its first weekend in theaters. In 1940s Los Angeles, Mickey Cohen reigns unchecked. The powerful gangster has managed to terrorize citizens, police, and fellow criminals, creating a powerful underworld empire. When a small team of policemen and detectives decides to strike back against Cohen, they use unconventional tactics that run the risk of making matters worse. The film’s R rating is due to language and violence.

Continuing Films

“Django Unchained” added $11,065,000 to its overall earnings of more than $125 million. Christoph Waltz landed an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Waltz costars as Dr. Schultz, an ex-dentist who has now become an eccentric and highly skilled bounty hunter. When he frees a slave named Django, Schultz becomes the man’s friend and mentor, teaching Django the skills he needs to fight back against his former captors. Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” has an R rating for violence, nudity, language, and a vicious fight.

“Les Misérables” continued to draw crowds to the theaters this weekend, earning $10,127,000 during its third week. The Oscar-nominated musical has earned over $119 million. Hugh Jackman is up for Best Actor for his role as Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who has now dedicated his life to helping others and bettering himself. Unfortunately for the goodhearted Valjean, he has a mortal enemy in the form of a vindictive and rule-obsessed policeman. The movie has a PG-13 rating for violence, suggestive material, and thematic elements.

With weekend profits of $9,080,000, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” landed in sixth spot in box office rankings. Since its opening weekend, the fantasy epic has earned over $278 million. Thorin Oakenshield wants nothing more than to successfully retrieve his long-lost treasure from Smaug, the dragon who attacked the Lonely Mountain. Thorin already has a band of faithful dwarves on his side, but he will also need the help of Bilbo, an unassuming hobbit. The question is whether Bilbo is up to the challenge or not. The movie is rated PG-13, due to scenes of action and violence and frightening images.

Movies to DVD

“The Possession” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 15. After discovering a mysterious box at a yard sale, young Em experiences weird and unwelcome phenomena. It seems that the box has a dark and disturbing past. If her father cannot break the curse, Em stands to lose her entire identity and possibly her very life. “The Possession” has a PG-13 rating for disturbing sequences, violence, and thematic elements.

“Won’t Back Down” stars Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal as two dedicated mothers who only want the best for their children, in every area of life. When it becomes clear that their children’s school is failing the students, the two women team up to make things better and improve the community. However, they face adversity from unexpected sources. The PG rating is due to language and thematic elements.

In “Taken 2,” Liam Neeson returns to his role as ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills. When he saved his daughter’s life, Bryan earned some unrelenting enemies. After letting his guard down, Bryan ends up in grave danger during what should be a simple trip to Istanbul. The movie’s PG-13 rating is due to sensuality and intense violence and action sequences.

“To Rome with Love” is the latest romantic comedy from the iconic Woody Allen. In Rome, four separate stories intertwine. A pair of newlyweds ends up in a complicated situation during their honeymoon, while a humble clerk finds his fate inexplicably and suddenly changing. The R rating is due to mature references.