The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and return of Leatherface shrugged off ominous critical reviews and easily won its opening day at the box office on Friday by topping holdovers Django Unchained and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Lionsgate rolled out Texas Chainsaw 3D at 2,654 theaters and came away with a total of $10.2 million in ticket sales, including $1.15 million from Thursday midnight screenings. As is often the case with horror films, attendance is expected to drop dramatically headed into Saturday and Sunday so look for an opening weekend total around the $20 million mark.
Chainsaw's opening day was easily enough to top Django Unchained for the top spot as Quentin Tarantino's period flick took second place with $6.2 million. Thus far Django has earned $92.4 million and will easily cross the $100 million milestone once Sunday's numbers are counted.
The Hobbit added another $5.2 million to its pot of earnings that now stand at $251.5 million domestically. »
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