Weekend box office: Texas Chainsaw 3D beats out Django Unchained and The Hobbit

Weekend box office Texas Chainsaw 3D

The exciting Christmas releases are well behind us now and all we have left are movies that studios have no confidence in or Oscar hopefuls getting their wide release.  Taking the top spot at the weekend box office is the slasher-horror film TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, marking this about the thousandth time we’ve seen an incarnation of this story on the big screen.  It was predictably panned by critics, received a poor CinemaScore, and yet will still manage to haul in around $20 million.  I guess people are desperate for their horror movies and anything will do. The only competition from the weekend came from the wider releases of Oscar hopefuls PROMISED LAND and THE IMPOSSIBLE (click the links to read our reviews).  Neither film did very well, but when a movie’s release is rolled out so slowly and in various markets, it has to be frustrating for the average moviegoer to find these types of films.  The best/worst example of this was SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which is still hard to find in some smaller markets.

Next week sees the long delayed release of GANGSTER SQUAD, with an all-star cast including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn.  But also coming out is the wide release of what might be the Oscar favorite, ZERO DARK THIRTY, which has been helped by all the controversy surrounding it.  I think people are curious to see what all the drama is about.  Either film could finish number one, but I’d put GANGSTER SQUAD as the favorite.  The film looks like a good time and it’s a shame it was dumped in January.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Texas Chainsaw 3D $23m

2. Django Unchained $20m

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $17.5m

4. Les Miserables $16.1m

5. Parental Guidance $10.1m

6. Jack Reacher $9.3m

7. This is 40 $8.6m

8. Lincoln $5.2m

9. The Guilt Trip $4.6m

10. Promised Land $4.3m


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