While "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables" and "The Hobbit" led the Christmas box office overall, the limited run of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" continued to fill specialty houses ahead of its January expansion.
After a huge first weekend, "Zero" held strong through the week, grossing $118,000, $112,000 and $87,000 through December 24-26, respectively — in just 5 theaters. It maintained by far the best per-theater-average of any film in release, and took its total to $956,000 after 8 days of release. It should have crossed the $1 million mark last night.
"Zero Dark Thirty" will expand nationwide just after the Academy Award nominations, where it is widely suspected to get a bunch of major mentions.
Holiday numbers were not made available for "Amour" or "On The Road" (the former of which also had a very strong first weekend), though they were for Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible," which continued to disappoint. The true story of a Spanish (though portrayed as English) family's experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami grossed $31,083, $54,846 and $34,135 in 16 theaters over December 24-26. Though it received a nice 76% boost on Christmas Day, its numbers were underwhelming overall. After six days, the film has now grossed $263,882.
Check back with Indiewire with this weekend for a full report on the specialty box office for the last weekend of 2012. And again next week for our take on the box office winners and losers of the year.