2013 started good with the year’s first wide release, R-rated horror Texas Chainsaw 3D, rising above strong holdovers like Django Unchained, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Miserable, movies that dominated the holiday season.
The 8th Texas Chainsaw flick opened to a remarkable $21.7 million over the weekend. Said number already puts Texas Chainsaw 3D in 4th among past Chainsaw films and by the end of its run I think we will see it in 2nd (currently held by the 2006 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning with $39.5 million). While the years have not been too kind to them, Leatherface and his chainsaw can still cut their way to the top of the box office when they have to.
Django Unchained came in 2nd with $20 million, bringing its 13 day total to $106.2 million. For Director Quentin Tarantino this is currently his 3rd most successful film and by the end of this week it will become #1, blowing past Inglorious Basterds ($120.5 million). Having seen Django Unchained myself, I can’t recommend this western enough and I’m very pleased it’s doing so well. That being said, families be warned, Django Unchained is one of the most violent films of last year. The R-rating is there for a reason.
After three consecutive weekends on top, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey finally dropped to 3rd place with $17.5 million for a total of $263.8 million after 24 days. So the prequel didn’t start as strong as its predecessors but you should know that $17.5 million is actually the best 4th weekend of the series, so it’s definitely gaining ground (but don’t worry, it will lose that ground soon). Will it be enough to at least finish ahead of Fellowship of the Ring? No, unfortunately I don’t think it will run for as long as that one, thus making it a lot harder for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to reach $313.3 million. For now I’m predicting $300-305 million for this, which is a lot better than what many expected after that disappointing opening weekend.
Musical sensation Les Miserables was 4th with $16 million. Based on the famous Victor Hugo novel, this has raised $103.5 million so far on a budget of just $61 million (considering the pretty epic scale of the flick). Depending on what you’d qualify as a live-action musical, Les Miserables would rank 7th right now and I think it could get as high as 4th place with at least $135 million by the end of its run.
Parental Guidance rounds out the top 5 with $9.7 million, bringing the film’s total to a surprisingly high $52.3 million. Very good Billy Crystal, I’m impressed.