6 January 2013 9:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first weekend of 2013 brought very good news to a group of films hoping to get further boosts from this Thursday's Oscar nominations, with Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and Michael Haneke's "Amour" leading the way. The former finally expanded after 2 weekends static in 5 theaters, going to 60 ahead of next weekend's post-Oscar nom wide release. Things sure looked promising as the Osama Bin Laden-procedural grossed $2,750,000, averaging a stunning $45,834 per theater. The top 5 theaters included the Lincoln Square 13 in NY, River East 21 in Chicago, Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, CA  Century City 15, and Cinemark West Plano 20 in Texas. It was the top grossing film in 51 of its 60 theaters, and now has a total of $4,460,000. Perhaps just as impressive was Sony Classics' "Amour," which held steady on 3 screens but managed to increase its gross 3% anyway. Grossing $63,596, it averaged $21,199 (its third straight »


- Peter Knegt

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