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Several films will be hitting theaters this weekend. Some of the most anticipated are Zero Dark Thirty, A Haunted House, and Gangster Squad. The question is, which film will come out on top at the box office? Better yet, will these films be able to overtake the current top three: Texas Chainsaw 3D, Django Unchained, and The Hobbit? What kind of potential do these movies really have?
A Haunted House, written by Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez, is a spoof on the Paranormal Activity franchise, Sinister, and The Devil Within. The film stars Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins as the unlucky couple who move into a house haunted by a demon. It sounds exactly like the plot of the first Paranormal Activity movie, but all the scary parts will surely be replaced my crude and over the top humor. Does this have the potential to be number one come Monday morning? Chances are slim, but stranger things have happened.
Next there is Gangster Squad, directed by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, about a group of LAPD police officers who take on big fish gangster, Mickey Cohen. Cohen is portrayed by Sean Penn, who sort of looks like a cartoon character with his new nose. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, to name a few, round out the cast. This film has the cast, the action, and the plot to do well. However, will the majority of people who will be drawn to this type of movie come out the theater this weekend?
Finally, there is Zero Dark Thirty, staring Jessica Chastain as a CIA operative on a mission to find Osama Bin Laden after the attacks on America on September 11, 2001. The film is based on the real life story of this mission, the CIAs working the case, and the Navy Seals that are sent out in search of one of the most villainous people of our time. Kathryn Bigelow, known for directing The Hurt Locker, is also in the director’s seat for this one. Those associated with Zero Dark Thirty must be doing something right because it was just announced that the film is up for an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing.
For more on the Oscar Nominations, go here: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/oscar-nominations-2013-full-list/story?id=18174507