12/24/2012 10:25 am ET

'Zero Dark Thirty' Box Office Strong In Limited Release

"Zero Dark Thirty" didn't outgross "The Hobbit" during its opening days at the the box office, but the controversial film did enjoy one of the largest limited release debuts of 2012.

Opening on just five screens in New York and Los Angeles, "Zero Dark Thirty" earned $410,000 during the three-day weekend, a total good for $82,000 per venue. Since opening on Wednesday, Dec. 19, "Zero Dark Thirty" has grossed $639,000.

"Zero Dark Thirty," about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, joins "Lincoln" and "Moonrise Kingdom" as limited release success stories in 2012. Steven Spielberg's historical drama about the 16th president averaged $85,846 from 11 theaters during its debut weekend back in November; Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" averaged an astounding $130,749 from four theaters in May.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty" has become one of the year's most controversial films because of its depiction of torture and its effectiveness. For more on "Zero Dark Thirty," click here.

"Zero Dark Thirty" opens nationwide on Jan. 11, 2013.

[via Sony, Box Office Mojo]

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