‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Trumps Box Office Opening Weekend

Zero Dark Thirty had its wide release last week and the film, about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, raked in more than $20 million making it Number One at the box office.

Controversy likely fueled this film’s numbers, more than hurt it. Zero Dark Thirty was the buzz of Hollywood after actor David Clennon published an opinion piece soliciting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — those who vote for the Oscars — against picking the war drama because of its graphic torture scenes. On Thursday, the flick’s director Kathryn Bigelow was surprisingly snubbed from an Oscar nomination for Best Director, although the movie still garnered five other nods, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress. The film’s distributor Sony shot back with a statement saying it fully supported Bigelow and screenwriter/producer Mark Boal and stood behind the “extraordinary movie.” To cap off Zero Dark Thirty’s hectic week, the film’s star Jessica Chastain took home the coveted Best Actress — Drama Golden Globe for her portrayal of an impassioned CIA operative.

Makes you kinda want to see the film more now, huh?