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Horror Dominates January Box Office. Again. ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ #1!

Slashing expectations, Texas Chainsaw 3D topped the domestic B.O. Friday with $10.2 million. Variety reports that the Lionsgate scarer, projected to earn in the mid teens this frame, is now looking at a three-day haul more in the low-to-mid $20 million range.

The pic appears to be following a trajectory similar to Paramount’s The Devil Inside, which beat expectations when it earned $34 million this time last year, though Chainsaw won’t likely hit that height, says the site. Late night Thursday screenings contributed $1.2 million to Friday’s figure.

Thus far Evan Dickson and Jonny B. have shared their reviews of the seventh sequel in the franchise that started with Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.



  • Slasher_Lover23

    Even though I didn’t like the movie, I’m pretty glad to see a slasher making some big money.

  • Blood-Sicles

    I didn’t like it as much as the original or the 2003 remake, but I must admit I was entertained. Glad to hear it’s getting horror on top at the box office again.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    The movie was definitely bad. Bad acting, bad dialogue, and plenty of “why would they do that” moments, however, it was a very fun ride. I really liked the movies pace, the gore, and the direction it took. Glad to see horror will be #1 this weekend.

    • djblack1313

      WalkingDeadGuy, so you DID end up sorta liking it? i haven’t seen it yet (i may go tomorrow!). also from what i learned from those who had the script for the last couple of months that you were right regarding Alexandra Daddario’s character!! as i said to you (about your guess) you have a GOOD EYE! i like to think i usually also have a very good eye on things like what you suggested about her character but i missed it completely. did this part of the movie and how Alexandra acted in this twist(?) come out good/decent/effective?

  • DesignDeath

    They are gonna start producing more shitty slashers again.
    No way this is topping Devil Inside though, people have a better taste than that (I hope).

  • Joe-Banger

    I concur with the first 2 posts even though i havent seen this film yet, it looks ok overall nothing special really.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Ugh, fucking UGH! I just got back from the theater, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say this film disappointed me. The carnival scene had SO much potential, but they blew it. And I don’t know about everyone else, but I thought the 3D effects were mediocre at best, and I HATED the ending.

    Bottom line, Texas Chainsaw 3D is just an average (and very stupid) slasher film…..BUT as far as overall quality goes, I’ll give it the mindless fun pass. And for what’s it worth, I enjoyed Thomas Hewitt Leatherface more than 2013 Leatherface.

    The box office stuff doesn’t surprise me, because January is a dead zone for mainstream releases. When Gangster Squad hits next week, and Arnold’s The Last Stand the week after, Texas Chainsaw 3D will be lost in the box office shuffle, and slowly disappear from the top ten after a while.

    • djblack1313

      Zombie-Killa that sucks! i’m sorry you didn’t like the movie very much. i haven’t seen it yet and i was already on the fence about seeing it but now that i’ve read some of the reviews/comments from you guys i’m going to wait for the dvd.

      and NOOOOOOOOOO!! don’t tell me the fucking carnival scene was wasted!! i remember all/most of us here (and on other sites) were SO excited for that scene!! it had amazing potential!! i’m bummed hearing this scene was a waste. i also hear most of the kills are lame.

      so as not to spoil it for anyone else, the ending you hate that you’re referring to is in regards to Daddario’s character right? i learned the twist(?) from people at IMDB, so i was just wondering if that’s what you’re referring to. 🙂

      • Zombie-Killa

        Yes djblack, I’m referring to Daddario’s character, and her choice at the end. Don’t want to go further than that, but Heather’s choice just brought this “WHAT???” reaction out of me (and yes, I said that out loud in theater, but I wasn’t the only, who loudly voiced their anger inside the theater. lol). For me, it wasn’t one of those, “OH MY GOD THAT WAS SHOCKING I LOVED IT!” plot twists, it was one of those “why in the name of all things holy would you do that????” plot twists.

        And don’t get your hopes up for the carnival scene. I’m telling you right now, it’s nothing special, and you’re not the only, who was looking forward to it! But when the brief (and I do mean BRIEF) carnival scene ends, I just said, “really? that’s it???”

        But if you REALLY want to watch it, I would give it try on the big screen. Just don’t go into it expecting something different or ground-breaking. Texas Chainsaw 3D just feels so generic and ordinary. The cut scene after the credits brought a chuckle out of me, but it couldn’t save the movie.

        Also, IMO, I wouldn’t shell out the extra cash for the 3D. It’s nothing spectacular.

  • I’ll rent it via Vudu 3D. I’m tired of shelling money out to see average to poor films in theaters. If something doesn’t bide well with not only the fanbase but also the critics, to me it’s not worth my time, plus I hated the remake AND the beginning. Never saw the rest, save for the flawless original.

  • anezka

    Let’s say I enjoyed the film enough to be entertained during the whole time (and eat a huge bag of popcorn!). And I do think it’s better than the remake, in my opinion, but I was kind of disappointed. Not because of the plot or the dumb decisions of the characters, because it was expected, but because I was expecting something much more violent than what was delivered.
    That said, I have a remark: some things these people do during the film are so dumb that I had to laugh (and many other in the audience did the same). It’s not completely bad, but when you laugh at your “good guys” in a horror film, I guess it means something was wrong.
    But I liked the ending… It might be weird, but it’s not that impossible.

  • DarrelDreadful

    I have to say, yes the movie let me down, however I got the vibe that everyone involved with this movie had their hearts in the right place. I’ll recommend this mindless fun over The Devil Inside any day. I would like to bring up the fact that this movie was originally coming out in October but was pushed back because it received a NC-17 rating over and over again. I’ve read rumors that say the original Carnival scene was longer and did include Leatherface cutting someone up in the House of Horrors. Is it possible that things were toned down to get an R rating. Im not ashamed to say that I will be buying this on DVD or at least renting if it is Unrated and has deleted scenes. The reason why I believe the rumor about the carnival scene is because apparently the person Leatherface cuts up is wearing a Pig Mask, similar to the one in the SAW series, and well this Movie is suppose to kick a TCM series of sequels just like Saw. The inside joke, I would have loved to see if it was truly shot. But anyway, Im a big Leatherface face fan and this movie didnt kill the franchise for me, and I am very interested to see where they take the future installments. Only thing I would like is a solid script, a different director, and more creative kills. This movie, already being mindless fun, just didnt take enough risks for me and thats where it failed. Its 2012 I dont care for a TCM to feel real anymore, I want ridiculous things to happen and people to die in ways where I can say OH MY GOD THAT WAS AWESOME. It was nice seeing this on the big screen, 3D was Meh. I already knew what to expect from the actors, so I wasnt disappointed there. The opening, I thought, was the best part – very cool. I didnt hate this film, it just was honestly a let down. I would love for someone to get an interview with the director or someone who can confirm exactly what was cut out in order for them to receive an R rating. I guarantee if the film had been left alone even more people would have enjoyed it. But oh well, better luck next time, Im glad it came in at #1 same needs to happen for MAMA and EVIL DEAD and CARRIE and whatever other horror movies are coming out this year lol Horror needs to rock the 2013 box-office.

  • EvilHead1981

    Interesting to see it dominating. I liked the movie and all, but didn’t expect it to do this well(realistically thinking). However, I do agree, it COULD’VE been better and SHOULD’VE been better. Hell, I’d go so far to say, if they pinpointed certain scenes, rewrote them, polish some of the dialog and character development AND stick closely to the original’s continuity by aiming to set this in the early 90s rather than 2012(which, as I mentioned elsewhere, they COULD’VE given it’s identity crisis and how there were a lot of non-modern references in that movie), it could’ve been a GREAT movie.

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