“Zero Dark Thirty” expanded nation wide and earned $24 million to take the top spot at the box office. But it’s how the next two movies performed that really surprised. “A Haunted House”, starring Marlon Wayans of “Scary Movie” fame earned $18.8 million. Reportedly made for just $2.5 million, the film’s already turning a nice profit. Next up is “Gangster Squad” starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and more, earned just $16.7 million, a big disappointment given the cast.

And last week’s champ “Texas Chainsaw 3D” saw its gross fall more than 75% and earned just $5.2 million in its second weekend.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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