"Texas Chainsaw 3D" beat out holdovers "Django Unchained" and "The Hobbit" with $21.7 million at the Box Office over the weekend, according to Boxofficemojo.com. The weekend total was more than 2006's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" (18.5 million) but less than 2003's remake ($28.1 million). January is a common month for horror films. "Chainsaw" joins the likes of other January horror releases including last year's "The Devil Inside" and 2006's "Hostel."
The Lionsgate horror release is a direct sequel to 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." It takes place in the fictional town of Newt, Texas and is loosely inspired by the murders of Ed Gein. The film stars Alexandra Daddario, as Heather, who takes her friends on a road trip to collect an inheritance left by her long-lost grandmother. Along the way, she encounters Leatherface and his chainsaw.
Many actors who starred in the original films return to the franchise. Marilyn Burns who portrayed original heroine, Sally Hardesty, makes a cameo. The original Leatherface, portrayed by Gunnar Hansen, reprises the iconic role. And Bill Moseley, who portrayed Chop Top in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2," takes over the role of Drayton Sawyer, originally portrayed by the late Jim Siedow.