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Younger moviegoers eagerly greeted Lionsgate's "Texas Chainsaw" (3D and 2D), the first new horror release since Halloween with a $10 million-plus Friday gross, much bigger than expected and heading to a likely #1 spot for the weekend. Although it has a $4 million edge on the day's #2 ("Django Unchained"), genre films like this tend to have their best day on Friday, so the final weekend lead could be challenged. But the gap would normally be too big to overcome, particularly by an R-rated film not boosted by weekend matinees. "Django" was a clear #2, besting "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by nearly $1 million, with "Les Miserables" slightly behind at #4. "Django" overtook the lead for total gross over its fellow Christmas Day opener "Les Miserables," after trailing it daily for the initial week. Both are at $92 million so far, and could pass $100 million as early as »


- Tom Brueggemann

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