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Texas Chainsaw 3D tops US box office

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Story by Jack Foley

YOU can’t beat a good horror franchise it would seem. Lionsgate’s decision to reboot the Texas Chainsaw franchise once more has paid huge dividends at the US box office with new release Texas Chainsaw 3D topping the first box office weekend of 2013.

The film exceeded expectations by grossing $23 million and therefore beating a competitive field that included Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (second) and Les Miserables (fourth).

The seventh film in the slasher franchise picks up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic horror film left off and is packed with typically strong violence involving teenagers being carved up by Leatherface. It stars Trey Songz, who was credited by many who saw it as a big attraction.

Django Unchained came in a strong second with $20.1 million and jumping the $100 million mark at the US box office, putting it firmly in line to become Tarantino’s top grossing film in North America.

Inglourious Basterds is the current record holder with $120 million in ticket sales.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey also continued to perform well, placing third in its fourth weekend with $17.5 million for a US total of $263.8 million and $820 million worldwide. It is firmly on track to join the $1 billion club.

And Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables has also enjoyed a lucrative US run, having jumped the $100 million mark this weekend in record time for a musical. Combined with international earnings of $81 million, the film has earned $184.6 million worldwide without opening in all major territories, including the UK.

Family comedy Parental Guidance rounded out the top five with $10.1 million for a healthy US total of $52.8 million.

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