The weekend was expected to belong to Django or Bilbo, but that pesky Leatherface and his new crop of attractive victims cut them from the top spot at the box office when Texas Chainsaw 3D emerged the surprise winner. The Lionsgate feature scared up an $23 million, well above expectations for the most recent reboot of the horror franchise. The film, which opened in 2,654 locations in North America on Friday, fared better than 2006's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which opened at $18. 5 million.
The runner-up for Texas Chainsaw 3D was Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which dropped 33 percent from last weekend and came in second place with $20 million. The box office total for the Weinstein Company feature to date is now $106.3 million and the bloody good revenge flick is well on its way to becoming Tarantino's highest-grossing film to date. (It should soon surpass 2009's Inglorious Basterds, which currently holds the title at $120.8 million!)
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which took a 45 percent dip from its impressive New Year's number, earned yet another $17.5 million, bringing its total thus far for the Warner Bros. 3D adventure to $263.8 million.
Rounding out the Top 5 were Tom Hooper's soaring musical adaptation Les Miserables in the number four position with $16.1 million. Tough it took a steep 41 percent drop, the Universal feature passed the $100 million mark and is now singing the tune of $103.6 million at the box office to date. Finally, the family-friendly comedy Parental Guidance came in fifth place with $10.1 million, bringing Fox's Billy Crystal-starrer to $52.6 million in its second week of release.
While Texas Chainsaw 3D was the only new release to do big business, Gus Van Sant's limited-release fracking drama starring Matt Damon, Promised Land cracked the Top 10 in its second week. The Focus Features film earned $4.3 million when after expanding to 1,676 theaters. (Fellow critically praised dramas Zero Dark Thirty and The Impossible were also in limited release this weekend, at 60 and 572 locations, respectively, and will expand even wider next weekend.)
Check out the full Top 10 numbers here:
1. Texas Chainsaw 3D: $23 million
2. Django Unchained: $20 million
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $17.5 million
4. Les Miserables: $16.1 million
5. Parental Guidance: $10.1 million
6. Jack Reacher: $9.3 million
7. This Is 40: $8.5 million
8. Lincoln: $5.2 million
9. The Guilt Trip: $4.5 million
10. Promised Land: $4.3 million
[Photo credit: Justin Lubin/Lionsgate]
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