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Weekend Box Office: January 4-6, 2013

Jan. 6, 2013by: Dave Davis

The Hobbit gets Chainsawed!

After three weeks on top, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY was chased out of first place by TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, which sliced its way to #1 with a $23 million opening.

Typically on the first January weekend, studios let the holiday releases continue to fight it out, half-heartedly offering only a new horror release with low expectations. Sometimes they get a surprise success (like last year's THE DEVIL INSIDE), and sometimes not (like SEASON OF THE WITCH and DAYBREAKERS in the two years prior).

For the latest flesh-carving Texas terror sequel (which ignores all the other CHAINSAW sequels), audiences paid little attention to the negative reviews (22% on Rotten Tomatoes) and headed straight to the R-rated Leatherface showcase. Although its 'C+' CinemaScore probably means that saw will run out of gas pretty quickly...

DJANGO UNCHAINED held onto its second place spot with another $20 million, as Peter Jackson's halfling epic actually got frightened from first down into third. Quentin Tarantino's blood-spattered "Southern" has already passed the $100 million mark after just 13 days in theaters, and it's definitely on track to being the filmmaker's biggest domestic total as it edges toward PULP FICTION ($107.9M) and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS ($120.5M).

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY gathered another $17.5 million and sits on a hardy $777.2 million worldwide total so far, but it still has to travel a long way to beat any entry in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy (FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is nearest with $313.3M domestic/$869.3M worldwide).

The period musical LES MISERABLES is singing a happy tune when it comes to box office, gaining another $16.1 million and also crossing the $100 million mark since its Christmas Day release. We'll see if it can eventually hit the high notes of other recent musical movies like HAIRSPRAY ($118.8M), ENCHANTED ($127.8M) or MAMMA MIA! ($144.3M).

Other holiday-time releases PARENTAL GUIDANCE, JACK REACHER and THIS IS 40 all battled within a million or so of each other, and although LINCOLN has seen its theater count slowly diminish (the movie was released nine weeks ago), it still holds a spot firmly in the Top 10 thanks to word-of-mouth and awards buzz.

The expansion of Matt Damon's fracking drama PROMISED LAND didn't raise many eyebrows (its per-screen average was lower than every movie on the list besides THE GUILT TRIP). Outside the chart, MONSTERS, INC. (3D) dropped from view, while -- a week before its national release -- ZERO DARK THIRTY made an additional $2.7 million on 55 new screens (compared to the tsunami drama THE IMPOSSIBLE, which made the same amount despite expanding onto 550 new screens).

Next week offers some top-notch actors shooting at each other in GANGSTER SQUAD, plus the horror movie parody A HAUNTED HOUSE and the wide expansion of ZERO DARK THIRTY.

Will you be checking out GANGSTER SQUAD next weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Texas Chainsaw 3D $23 M
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2. Django Unchained $20 M $106.3 M
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $17.5 M $263.8 M
4. Les Miserables $16.1 M $103.6 M
5. Parental Guidance $10.1 M $52.7 M
6. Jack Reacher $9.3 M $64.8 M
7. This Is 40 $8.5 M $54.4 M
8. Lincoln $5.2 M $143.9 M
9. The Guilt Trip $4.5 M $31.2 M
10. Promised Land $4.3 M $4.6 M

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12:42AM on 01/07/2013

Great

Didn't see TCM and I dunno how bad it was but I am happy that a R-rated slasher flick can still make good money. Hell I might go see it just for support. Oh and of course see Django a few more times
Didn't see TCM and I dunno how bad it was but I am happy that a R-rated slasher flick can still make good money. Hell I might go see it just for support. Oh and of course see Django a few more times
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10:50PM on 01/06/2013
I saw Django again this weekend. Enjoyed it immensely, more than the first time, really. Seems like one of those films that gets better with each viewing. And I'm thrilled to see it doing so well.
I saw Django again this weekend. Enjoyed it immensely, more than the first time, really. Seems like one of those films that gets better with each viewing. And I'm thrilled to see it doing so well.
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8:59PM on 01/06/2013

The Hobbit is in trouble

That's a pretty bad showing for the Hobbit. The drop off domestically could be bad for the next movie. I guess people have lost interest. The TCM movie was ok until the end.
That's a pretty bad showing for the Hobbit. The drop off domestically could be bad for the next movie. I guess people have lost interest. The TCM movie was ok until the end.
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2:22AM on 01/07/2013
$777.2-million is a bad showing? The film will have made well over $1-billion after its home release and there are still two more films to go. Warner Bros. and MGM would probably disagree with your assessment.
$777.2-million is a bad showing? The film will have made well over $1-billion after its home release and there are still two more films to go. Warner Bros. and MGM would probably disagree with your assessment.
7:51PM on 01/06/2013
Krazinski is box office poison.
Krazinski is box office poison.
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8:38PM on 01/06/2013
What are you talking about? Away We Go, Leatherheads, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Nobody Walks are all good quality films. He's not a blockbuster type of guy. He's a more of a indie type actor. Which is perfectly fine because he is amazing and I have enjoyed his films.

If he were to get the role of Star Lord I would be perfectly fine with that.
What are you talking about? Away We Go, Leatherheads, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Nobody Walks are all good quality films. He's not a blockbuster type of guy. He's a more of a indie type actor. Which is perfectly fine because he is amazing and I have enjoyed his films.

If he were to get the role of Star Lord I would be perfectly fine with that.
12:51AM on 01/07/2013
The Promised Land even making the Top Ten isn't a bad thing. I don't think they were expecting a huge take, since it looks like a pretty small, issue movie. Why would John Krasinski's involvement have any bearing one way or another?
The Promised Land even making the Top Ten isn't a bad thing. I don't think they were expecting a huge take, since it looks like a pretty small, issue movie. Why would John Krasinski's involvement have any bearing one way or another?
8:59AM on 01/08/2013
well, to me, the definition of box office poison is someone who, no matter the quality of the film they are in or the other actors billed, that film has a weak showing. i like krazinski. i like his films, including all the ones you guys listed (big miracle excluded) but the guy cant catch a break. and if you notice, the later trailers completely removed him. compare the teaser to the final tv spots. hes no where in sight
well, to me, the definition of box office poison is someone who, no matter the quality of the film they are in or the other actors billed, that film has a weak showing. i like krazinski. i like his films, including all the ones you guys listed (big miracle excluded) but the guy cant catch a break. and if you notice, the later trailers completely removed him. compare the teaser to the final tv spots. hes no where in sight
7:11PM on 01/06/2013
What wonders me more is that many people are interested to experience the horror,torture scenes in 3D.that feels kind of snuff to me.i wouldn't enjoy this kind of torture porn in 3D.not a big fan of horror,but i like The shining,The ring,Exorcist
What wonders me more is that many people are interested to experience the horror,torture scenes in 3D.that feels kind of snuff to me.i wouldn't enjoy this kind of torture porn in 3D.not a big fan of horror,but i like The shining,The ring,Exorcist
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10:47PM on 01/06/2013
Your posts remind me of that of a retarded squirrel on Ritalin.
Your posts remind me of that of a retarded squirrel on Ritalin.
5:28PM on 01/06/2013
Don't understand the hate for TCM. Yea, it was bad, but we haven't had a R rated slasher flick for a while, and this was fine to act as filler until a good one comes out. Glad to see fans make it out to support horror movies.
Don't understand the hate for TCM. Yea, it was bad, but we haven't had a R rated slasher flick for a while, and this was fine to act as filler until a good one comes out. Glad to see fans make it out to support horror movies.
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5:24PM on 01/06/2013

django unchained

After Grindhouse failing at the box office, I'm glad to see Tarantino's last two followups become his highest grossing!
After Grindhouse failing at the box office, I'm glad to see Tarantino's last two followups become his highest grossing!
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5:04PM on 01/06/2013
Even though Texas Chainsaw 3D wasn't too good, it was at least entertaining. If you have any love for horror films go support it so we can rid the world of the stupid ass paranormal movies that take $6.00 to make.
Even though Texas Chainsaw 3D wasn't too good, it was at least entertaining. If you have any love for horror films go support it so we can rid the world of the stupid ass paranormal movies that take $6.00 to make.
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5:01PM on 01/06/2013
Drives me nuts that people will go see Chainsaw 3D and not support Dredd 3D. Come on people!!!!!!!
Drives me nuts that people will go see Chainsaw 3D and not support Dredd 3D. Come on people!!!!!!!
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6:49PM on 01/06/2013
cause dredd 3d fucking sucked,it was boring as fuck.
cause dredd 3d fucking sucked,it was boring as fuck.
8:32PM on 01/06/2013
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most famous horror franchises out there, and it has been making money since the 70s. Dredd isn't a franchise, and it was tainted by the campy image created by the god awful Stallone movie (which did bad at the B.O.), plus the mediocre trailers didn't help.

How are you surprised by that?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most famous horror franchises out there, and it has been making money since the 70s. Dredd isn't a franchise, and it was tainted by the campy image created by the god awful Stallone movie (which did bad at the B.O.), plus the mediocre trailers didn't help.

How are you surprised by that?
10:51PM on 01/06/2013
If Dredd was "boring" for you, then you must have the attention span of a 4 year old.
If Dredd was "boring" for you, then you must have the attention span of a 4 year old.
4:11PM on 01/06/2013
Really???? That many people went out of their way to see Texas Chainsaw 3D??? People are that hurting to see a new movie? I would have rather stayed at home or go re-watch something like Djanjo.
Really???? That many people went out of their way to see Texas Chainsaw 3D??? People are that hurting to see a new movie? I would have rather stayed at home or go re-watch something like Djanjo.
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3:59PM on 01/06/2013
Really???? That many people went out of their way to see Texas Chainsaw 3D??? People are that hurting to see a new movie? I would have rather stayed at home or go re-watch something like Djanjo.
Really???? That many people went out of their way to see Texas Chainsaw 3D??? People are that hurting to see a new movie? I would have rather stayed at home or go re-watch something like Djanjo.
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3:52PM on 01/06/2013
As a big Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan...even I'll admit Texas Chainsaw 3D sucked. Would've been nice to see Hobbit on top this weekend.
As a big Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan...even I'll admit Texas Chainsaw 3D sucked. Would've been nice to see Hobbit on top this weekend.
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3:37PM on 01/06/2013
Checked out Silver Linings Playbook this weekend and loved every minute of it. One of the best movies of the year and one of my favorites of all time.

I encourage any of you schmoes who haven't seen it yet to go see it and for any of you schmoes who have seen it already, see it again.
Checked out Silver Linings Playbook this weekend and loved every minute of it. One of the best movies of the year and one of my favorites of all time.

I encourage any of you schmoes who haven't seen it yet to go see it and for any of you schmoes who have seen it already, see it again.
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3:12PM on 01/06/2013
Okay, maybe it wasn't good (I haven't seen it since it didn't come out in my theater), but at least it showed the producers that R-rated horror flicks can still earn money and that's a good thing for us. Maybe next time they'll just get the quality right.
Okay, maybe it wasn't good (I haven't seen it since it didn't come out in my theater), but at least it showed the producers that R-rated horror flicks can still earn money and that's a good thing for us. Maybe next time they'll just get the quality right.
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12:53AM on 01/07/2013
As I recall, and maybe this is a relative term to call it "horror," but I seem to recall about this time last year The Devil Inside did pretty well, though I know it was pretty universally reviled. And it was rated R.
As I recall, and maybe this is a relative term to call it "horror," but I seem to recall about this time last year The Devil Inside did pretty well, though I know it was pretty universally reviled. And it was rated R.
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2:47PM on 01/06/2013
Of all the films to surpass The Hobbit, Texas Chainsaw? People must be real bored. Glad to see Hobbit, Django, and Les Mis doing well though.
Of all the films to surpass The Hobbit, Texas Chainsaw? People must be real bored. Glad to see Hobbit, Django, and Les Mis doing well though.
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12:55AM on 01/07/2013
Pretty typical really. Go back year-by-year and look at some of the movies that usurped end-of-year box office titans for the top spot. Pretty sobering.
Pretty typical really. Go back year-by-year and look at some of the movies that usurped end-of-year box office titans for the top spot. Pretty sobering.
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