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Zero Dark Thirty tops N. American box office

Published on Jan 14, 2013 6:14 AM
This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles, as they prepare to breach a locked door in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Columbia Pictures' hyper-realistic new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." -- PHOTO : AP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's controversial film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, stormed the top spot at the North American box office, preliminary figures showed on Sunday.

Zero Dark Thirty took a solid US$24 million (S$29.4 million) in its first weekend on national release, far outpacing two newcomers: comedy A Haunted House and Sean Penn crime saga Gangster Squad with US$18.8 million and US$16.7 million respectively.

They were trailed by Quentin Tarantino's brutal Western Django Unchained, in the fourth spot, which earned US$11.1 million according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Musical adaptation Les Miserables, took fifth place, raking in US$10.1 million.

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