In a surprising turn at the box office, the widely panned “Texas Chainsaw 3D” upset “Django Unchained,” debuting at No. 1 with $10.2 million. The Lionsgate sleeper slasher is now looking at $21-25 million for a weekend total.
Second place “Django” came in a distant second behind “Chainsaw,” bringing in $6.2 million for the Weinstein Co., with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” rounding out third at $5.2 million for Warner Bros. While people are still talking — and singing — about Universal’s “Les Miserables,” the film faltered, coming in fourth with $4.9 million.
Gus Van Sant‘s fracking drama, “Promised Land,” expanded but still waned, barely eking out a spot in the top 10.
Below are the top 10 films for Friday, along with earnings estimates:
Texas Chainsaw 3D, $10.2 million
Django Unchained, $6.2 million
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $5.2 million
Les Miserables, $4.9 million
Parental Guidance, $3.1 million
Jack Reacher, $3.0 million
This Is 40, $2.7 million
Lincoln, $1.6 million
The Guilt Trip, $1.5 million
Promised Land, $1.3 million