“Texas Chainsaw 3D” tops weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.Lionsgate’s horror sequel “Texas Chainsaw 3-D” debuted at No. 1 with $23 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie picks up where 1974′s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.Quentin Tarantino’s revenge saga “Django Unchained” held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its domestic total to $106.4 million.After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million. That lifts the domestic haul to $263.8 million for “The Hobbit,” the Warner Bros. blockbuster that also has topped $500 million overseas to raise its worldwide total to about $800 million.Also passing the $100 million mark over the weekend was Universal’s musical “Les Miserables,” which finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $103.6 million.Like other horror franchises, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has had several other remakes or sequels, but the idea always seems ripe for a new wave of fright-flick fans. Nearly two-thirds of the audience was under 25, too young – or not even born – when earlier “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies came out.Continue Reading…

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“Texas Chainsaw 3D” tops weekend box office

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