‘Zero Dark Thirty’ takes No. 1 at box office

/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. photo by JONATHAN OLLEY -- Jessica Chastain stars as Maya, a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives stationed in a covert base overseas, who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in the thriller, Zero Dark Thirty.
/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. photo by JONATHAN OLLEY -- Jessica Chastain stars as Maya, a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives stationed in a covert base overseas, who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in the thriller, Zero Dark Thirty.

“Zero Dark Thirty” hunted down the top spot at the box office — and easily won it.

Studio estimates Sunday show the controversial Osama bin Laden manhunt drama nabbed first place with $24 million in its first weekend as a wide release.

“Zero Dark Thirty” debuted nationwide this weekend after opening in a limited run last month.

The Sony film earned five Academy Award nominations last week, including best picture, original screenplay and best actress for Jessica Chastain as dogged CIA operative Maya.

Open Road Films’ horror parody “A Haunted House” starring Marlon Wayans came 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 opened in third place with $16.7 million.