“Texas Chainsaw 3D” reigned supreme at this weekend’s box office, cutting down competition “Django Unchained”, “The Hobitt” and “Les Miserables”. The horror film is the eighth in a series that began in 1974. The latest incarnation follows a young girl as she and her friends are terrorized by a chainsaw-wielding killer, after she inherits a Victorian mansion in Texas. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” raked in $23 million in its opening weekend, according to The Washington Post today. Some critics credit college students still being on holiday break, and not wanting to sit through a three-hour flick, with bolstering “Chainsaw” into the top spot. It beat out of “Django Unchained”, which pulled in $20.1 million in its third weekend of release.
Leatherface also bested “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” which took in $17.5 million, and “Les Miserables” which grossed $16.1 million. Rounding out the top five was “Parental Guidance” which saw $10.1 in ticket sales.
The film from Lionsgate cost Millennium Entertainment under $20 million to make, as reported by The Celebrity Café. It only earned a C+ CinemaScore Grade from audiences, as is typical for slasher flicks.
“Texas Chainsaw” stars hot young actors Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood and Shaun Sipos, surely another reason for it’s draw. It was directed by John Luessenhop and picks up from the shocking original 1974 horror classic.
Indiewire says that with production of such movies being “very, very” cheap to make, a sequel is likely already in the works. Bloody Disgusting reports that Lionsgate has rights to make up to six sequels to this picture.
They say they’ve heard “through the grapevine” that this latest Leatherface escapade just the beginning of an entire new franchise over at Lionsgate.
Horror films ebb and flow over the years, but the never ever go away. People have an inherent, perhaps animalistic desire, to be thrilled, terrorized and downright grossed out as long as it’s at arms length and in the safety of a movie theater.
Of course with this film being in 3D, it’s way more in your face than ever. Do you plan to, or have you seen "Texas Chainsaw 3D"?