January 13, 2013



According to preliminary numbers at Deadline, ZERO DARK THIRTY (Sony) didn’t have a tremendous Saturday bump at the boxoffice, just about 5%, but it was still far and away the biggest picture of the weekend, with an estimated $24.5M that should propel it through the next several weeks of Oscar season.

The weekend’s shocker is that the humiliation for GANGSTER SQUAD (Warners), the $75M crime epic, is complete.  With a 5% Saturday drop in business, it fell to the $2.5M horror parody A HAUNTED HOUSE (Open Road), which rose about 13% on Saturday for a $18M weekend, $1M more than Gangster could manage.  Apart from Gangster‘s backers, this is bad news for those pushing the stardom of Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, neither of whom was able to open the movie, even with Sean Penn and Emma Stone in tow.

DJANGO UNCHAINED (Weinstein/Sony) and LES MISERABLES (Universal) should both fall 35-40% from last weekend, with THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Warners/MGM) down more like 55%.  Last week’s #1, TEXAS CHAINSAW (Lionsgate), will plunge a walloping 70-75%.  On the other extreme, boosted by their harvest of Oscar nominations, LINCOLN (Disney/DreamWorks/20th) and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Weinstein) will both be up for the weekend.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."