Texas Chainsaw 3D took the top spot at the Friday box office with $10.2 million to beat Django Unchained at $6.2 million and The Hobbit at $5.2 million.
The seventh movie in the Texas Chainsaw franchise, the R-rated Lionsgate 3D slasher was a surprise hit on Friday in box office sales to lead the way over the Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Industry analysts have Texas Chainsaw 3D on track for a $20-30$ million weekend take at the box office.
The Tom Hooper directed Les Miserables started the weekend with a soft $5 million for a fourth place slot at the box office
The surprising Friday start for Texas Chainsaw 3D means that horror is alive and well with moviegoers and could be a huge winner come Monday over several high profile films.
Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers, Lockdown), Texas Chainsaw 3D stars Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine Neverson, Tania Raymonde, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, and Bill Moseley.
“Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars.“