The Straits Times
Published on Jan 07, 2013

Texas Chainsaw 3-D cuts The Hobbit down to size


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Slasher flick Texas Chainsaw 3-D stole the top slot at the North American box office this weekend, driving The Hobbit from its three-week perch in first place, estimates indicated on Sunday.

The latest offering in the horror franchise, first launched in 1974 but now in 21st century 3-D gore, took in US$23 million (S$28.2 million) in its debut weekend, the first of the new year, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Not far behind in second place was Quentin Tarantino's brutal Western Django Unchained, which earned US$20 million it its second week. The film, which has already earned five Golden Globe nominations, is considered a top Oscars contender.

That left The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the long-awaited first part of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings prequel trilogy, in third place. It racked up US$17.5 million in its fourth week in theaters, for an international grand total of US$263.8 million so far.