"Zero Dark Thirty" has generated a lot of money at the boxy office while also setting off a lot of controversy about this manner of commercializing the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Ben Fritz has reported for the Los Angeles Times today, Jan. 14, 2013, 'Zero Dark Thirty' wins weekend box office battle. The dramatic thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" went to the top at the box office this weekend, grossing $24 million in the United States and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures.
Meanwhile, this film has sparked off a lot of controversy, as reported upon by ABC News, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Sparks Controversy in Hollywood, Washington. Graphic scenes portraying torture in this film has made "Zero Dark Thirty" the most controversial film to come along in a long time. Opponents of the film say it glorifies the torture of terror suspects.
In defense of the film Sony has released a statement saying "Zero Dark Thirty" does not advocate torture. It is the position of Sony that to fail to include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. Despite continued controversy by politicians, including prominent U.S. senators, that the film misrepresented the role of torture in tracking down Bin Laden, Jessica Chastain grabbed the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Drama. The truth behind Sony's implication that the torture scenes represent a real, albeit very dark, chapter in American history, seems to have gained widespread respect.