Director John Luessenhop’s Texas Chainsaw 3D was the surprise hit at the Friday box office despite receiving mostly negative reviews.
Since horror fans don’t pay much attention to critics, a fair number of them turned out for the latest installment in the long-running horror franchise. According to Cinema Blend, the film brought in around $10.2 million on Friday. Estimates put the film’s weekend total at around $21 million.
This is certainly incredible news for the folks at Lionsgate. Given the picture’s budget was around $8 million, Texas Chainsaw 3D could end up making quite a bit of money for the studio. Considering DVD and Blu-ray sales are likely to be strong given the genre, the franchise seems to back in full financial swing.
The film’s story has been described as follows:
“Picking up where the 1974 original film ends, the citizens of Newt, Texas decide to burn down the farm house of the Sawyer family for their role in aiding Jeb Sawywer, also know as Leatherface, in countless murders. The entire family is presumed dead with the exception of an infant, Heather, who is placed with an adoptive family.
Heather learns of her adoption when a lawyer informs her that her long lost grandmother has left her an inheritance. Heather and her friends travel through Texas to pick up her inheritance, which, unknown to her, includes her cousin Leatherface.”
Acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s controversial western Django Unchained landed in the second place position with $6.2 million in ticket sales. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s domestic total sits at $92.4 million.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson’s cinematic return to Middle-earth, worked its way into third place. The film earned an estimated $5.2 million.
Rounding out the top five were Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance. The films generated around $5 million and $3.1 million, respectively.
Have you seen Texas Chainsaw 3D? Are you surprised that the movie is poised to rule the box office this weekend?