LOS ANGELES -- It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.
Lionsgate's horror sequel Texas Chainsaw 3-D debuted at No. 1 with $23 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie picks up where 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.
Quentin Tarantino's revenge saga Django Unchained held on at No. 2 for a second weekend with $20.1 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its domestic total to $106.4 million.
After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million. That lifts the domestic haul to $263.8 million for The Hobbit. The Warner Bros. blockbuster added $57.1 million overseas to bring its international earnings to $561 million and its worldwide total to about $825 million.
Also passing the $100 million mark over the weekend was Universal's musical Les Miserables, which finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $103.6 million.
Hollywood began the year where it left in 2012, when business surged during the holidays to carry the industry to a record $10.8 billion at the domestic box office.
Overall business this weekend came in at $149 million, up 7 percent from the same period last year, when The Devil Inside led with $33.7 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. But with strong business on New Year's Day last week, Hollywood already has raked in $254.2 million, 33 percent ahead of last year.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
- 1. Texas Chainsaw 3-D, $23 million.
- 2. Django Unchained, $20.1 million.
- 3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $17.5 million ($57.1 million international).
- 4. Les Miserables, $16.1 million ($14.5 million international).
- 5. Parental Guidance, $10.1 million.
- 6. Jack Reacher, $9.3 million ($22.3 million international).
- 7. This Is 40, $8.6 million.
- 8. Lincoln, $5.3 million.
- 9. The Guilt Trip, $4.5 million.
- 10. Promised Land, $4.3 million.