'Texas Chainsaw 3D' tops weekend box office, 'Django' stays strong at No. 2
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" nabbed the top spot at the box office, despite the presence of cinema heavyweights "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables" and "The Hobbit."
Lionsgate's "Texas Chainsaw 3D" outperformed expectations in its debut week, earning $23 million to nab the No. 1 spot at the crowded box office, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The horror flick, which cost $20 million to produce, crossed the $1 billion mark in domestic ticket sales - a first for Lionsgate.
The mystery thriller follows a young woman who travels to Texas to collect an inheritance, not knowing that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is a part of her reward. The film, which is directed by John Luessenhop, stars Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood. The film also features an appearance from R&B performer Trey Songz.
In second place is the Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained." The movie, which is a product of the Weinstein Co., earned an estimated $20.1 million and jumped the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, according to the magazine. The film is on track to becoming Tarantino's top grossing film in North America - ever.
The R-rated western-inspired film stars Jamie Foxx as an African American slave-turned-bounty hunter. Foxx's character, Django, aims to rescue his wife, played by Kerry Washington. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, who appeared in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."
"The Hobbit" held strong at the No. 3 spot, earning $17.5 million for a domestic total of $263.8 million. The "Lord of the Rings" franchise film has earned more than $820 million worldwide.
"The Hobbit" features Martin Freeman as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the uncle of Frodo Baggins from "Lord of the Rings." The first installment in the trilogy, "The Unexpected Journey," sees Bilbo embark on a dangerous journey across Middle Earth with the help of Gandalf and a large group of dwarves to find treasure guarded by a dragon, Smaug.
"Les Miserables," the popular musical drama that debuted alongside "Django" on Christmas day, has earned $81 million internationally, making its global cume more than $184.6 million. The film has also jumped the $100 million mark domestically in only 13 days, the fastest of any musical, according to the magazine.
The film stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, an impoverished French man who is released from prison on parole after serving time for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister and her child and for failed attempts at escaping jail. (Check out 9 facts about Hugh Jackman and his "Les Miserables" experience) A police inspector named Javert, played by Russell Crowe, is obsessed with putting him back behind bars.
The movie also stars Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
Landing in fifth place for the weekend office is the family comedy "Parental Guidance" with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei. The film grossed $10.1 million for a domestic cume of $52.8 million over the busy weekend.
Watch the trailer for "Texas Chainsaw," "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables" and "Parental Guidance" below.