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Jessica Chastain appears in a scene from the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty. - Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures

'Zero Dark Thirty' tops weekend box office with $24.4 million

01/06/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

"Zero Dark Thirty" easily nabbed the top spot at the box office.

The controversial drama, which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, earned $24.4 million in its debut weekend, according to the Associated Press.

The film, which received heavy criticism due to the vivid torture scenes, tells the story of the American efforts to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. Jessica Chastain stars as a Maya, a young CIA officer who becomes obsessed with finding the former Al Qaeda leader. It was directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.

Coming in second place for the weekend box office was the horror comedy film "A Haunted House," and in a close third was the crime drama "Gangster Squad."

On January 13, Chastain won the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her role as a CIA officer in the film, marking the actress' first win and second nomination.

Check out a full list of 2013 Golden Globe Award winners as well as a full list of 2013 Oscar nominees.

Also, you can check out photos of Adele as well as a slew of other celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and others on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

Finally, check out a summary of 9 best moments from the Golden Globe Awards.

Check out a trailer for "Zero Dark Thirty" below.

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