Zero Dark Thirty Searches For The Top – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Three new releases hit theatres this weekend, but only one has buzz and a host of Oscar nominations going for it. Will audiences find Zero Dark Thirty this weekend? Here’s our predictions:

ZeroDarkThirty2012PosterThough it’s been in limited release since December, Zero Dark Thirty rolls out on a mass scale this weekend. Directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, the film is the supposed true story of the team and methodology that took down Osama bin Laden. Thursday saw Zero Dark Thirty score four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and will likely claim the top spot this weekend, with $23 million.

Find out how the rest of the top five will do after the jump!
Gangster_Squad_PosterAfter a delay because of the Colorado shootings from last summer, Gangster Squad makes its way to theatres, staring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, among others. The A-list cast is a strong selling point, but will it be enough to get audiences into a period piece? I’m predicting yes. Look for a second place showing for Gangster Squad, with $18 million.

A_Haunted_House_PosterThe final new release this weekend is A Haunted House, a comedy that I have absolutely no insight into other than what I can find on Wikipedia. Seriously, have you seen a trailer for this one? It’s a spoof on found footage horror, staring Marlon Wayans, who does have an audience. I’m going to predict the film hits number five with $15 million, based on the usual success of those parody comedy flicks.

As for the rest of the top five, Django Unchained will claim the third spot with $17.5 million, while Les Miserables will  be close behind in fourth with $17 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Zero Dark Thirty – $23 million
2) Gangster Squad – $18 million
3) Django Unchained – $17.5 million 
4) Les Miserables – $17 million
5) A Haunted House – $15 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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