After taking the number one spot at the US box-office last weekend with a very respectable (but not spectacular) $21.7 million, Leatherface won’t be relinquishing his iconic chainsaw anytime soon. Deadline reports that Millenium Films are fast-tracking a follow-up to this modern day reboot/sequel, titled – Texas Chainsaw 4 – in order to capitalise on the warm reception at the box-office.
Whether this move will pay off in the long-term remains to be seen, horror films are often very front-loaded and many experience huge 2nd weekend declines at the box-office, a prime example is Friday the 13th (2009) as reported on Box-Office Mojo. That reboot was fortunate to have opened to a gargantuan $40.6 million, which offset the disastrous drop, whereas Texas Chainsaw 3D can take no such liberties.
“Lati and Christa brought the idea of this franchise to us. They were certain of the audience appeal, so we signed on,” Millennium Films Chairman Avi Lerner said. “And it turns out they were right. It was a bloody good decision. Lionsgate agreed to distribute the film in the US, and did a fantastic job. We very much hope to partner with them for the next chapter.”
There has been a lull in terms of recent horror reboots and remakes, and therefore Texas Chainsaw has a chance at monopolising the market. Boosted by 3D premiums, this latest instalment should fare decently, but word of mouth may already be deciding the fate of the planned sequel, as it did with Halloween 2 (2009) as reported on Box Office Mojo.
Tobe Hooper originally brought The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to the screen in 1974 and it grossed almost $31 million at the US Box-Office. It reached iconic status, largely due to the psychological horror, implied violence, and excellent use of sound. Subsequent sequels were considerably less well received both critically and financially, but starred the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Rene Zellweger and Viggo Mortensen.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is directed by John Luessenhop and the story revolves around a young woman who travels to Texas to collect her inheritance, she quickly realizes that she’s receiving much more than she bargained for.