In this undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jessica Chastain, center, plays a member of the elite team of spies and
In this undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jessica Chastain, center, plays a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives, stationed in a covert base overseas, with Christopher Stanley, left, and Alex Corbet Burcher, right, who secretly devote themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures' new thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty." Best-picture prospects for Oscar Nominations on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, include, “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg; “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow; “Les Miserables,” directed by Tom Hooper; “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck; “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino; and “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley) (Jonathan Olley)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Zero Dark Thirty hunted down the top spot at the box office -- and easily won it.

Sony Pictures' Osama bin Laden raid drama nabbed first place with $24 million in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Open Road Films' horror parody A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans debuted in second place with a solid $18.8 million. The Warner Bros. mobster drama "Gangster Squad, starring Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as off-the-books police officers battling a mob boss played by Sean Penn, opened below expectations in third place with $16.7 million.

The top 10: 1. Zero Dark Thirty," $24 million; 2. "A Haunted House," $18.8 million; 3. Gangster Squad, $16.7 million; 4. Django Unchained, $11 million; 5. Les Miserables, $10.1 million; 6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $9 million; 7. Lincoln, $6.3 million; 8. Parental Guidance, $6.1 million; 9. Texas Chainsaw 3-D, $5.1 million; 10. Silver Linings Playbook, $5 million.