The Friday box office estimates for "Zero Dark Thirty" are in and they are looking good. While it has been playing in limited theaters since Dec. 19, the controversial Kathryn Bigelow movie had its wide release on Friday. "Zero Dark Thirty" made $9 million across 2,937 theaters. The torture scenes in the movie have been the subject of debate, with the most recent input from Sony co-chair Amy Pascal. "'Zero Dark Thirty' does not advocate torture," Pascal said, TheWrap.com reports. "To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support [director] Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie." The controversy didn't keep "Zero Dark Thirty" from receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Picture on Thursday. The movie has now made a total of $14.4 million.
After a $23 million weekend last week, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" dropped to eighth place, making just $1.8 million on Friday. "Texas Chainsaw" was replaced by a horror film parody, "A Haunted House." The spoof, starring Marlon Wayans, took the number two spot on Friday, making $6.7 million across 2,160 theaters.
Coming in at number three is Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's "Gangster Squad." The crime movie, which also features Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, had a $6.6 million opening Friday at 3,103 theaters. Despite its strong cast, "Gangster Squad" has received mixed reviews.
"Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" continued successful box office runs, coming in at number four and five, respectively. Quentin Tarantino's "Django," which has also seen its fair share of controversy, made $3.4 million on Friday across 3,012 theaters. The movie has now made a total of $117.7 million since its Dec. 25 release. "Les Miserables," which stars Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried, made $2.8 million for a total gross of $111.8 million. Both films received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture on Thursday.