Weekend Box Office: January 4-6, 2013
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).
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|#||MOVIE TITLE||WKND $||TOTAL $|
|1.||Texas Chainsaw 3D||$23 M|
|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|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|