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Zero Dark Thirty vs. Black Hawk Down: Box office [See previous post: "Zero Dark Thirty Weekend Box Office: Controversy Sells."] The not-so-good news: A less flattering comparison pits Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty against Ridley Scott’s brainless, action-packed, war-as-a-videogame 2001 hit Black Hawk Down, which took in $28.61m on its first weekend in wide release in mid-January 2002, according to data found at Box Office Mojo. In 2013 dollars, that would represent approximately $38m. (Photo: Kathryn Bigelow’s Hunt for Osama bin Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty.) Featuring Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, and William Fichtner as U.S. military personnel stranded in Somalia, Black Hawk Down went on to gross $108.63m in North America, in addition to a considerably more modest $64.35m overseas. Relatively speaking, Zero Dark Thirty should follow a similar pattern: major interest in the United States; moderate interest (chiefly because of the Oscar buzz) to "who cares" elsewhere. Of note: Black Hawk Down did »

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