20 December 2012 12:04 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Four new films opened midweek, during the pre-Christmas period when most people postpone their moviegoing until the holiday. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Amour" both opened well in limited release in NY/LA, particularly for the date. The two wide studio releases -- "Guilt Trip" and 3-D rerelease "Monsters 3D" fell far short of similar recent openings on a pre-Christmas Wednesday. Most of the focus has been on Sony's "Zero Dark Thirty," not only because of its awards prospects, but because of all the controversy surrounding aspects of the narrative, reinforced by a letter from three U.S. Senators yesterday asking producers to revise the "based on" description in the credits to indicate the possible conflict with official versions of the events shown in the film. The first day's results were excellent - just under $125,000 in 5 theaters, for a PSA of about $25,000. "Amour," which won the La Film »

- Tom Brueggemann

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