Texas Chainsaw Slays Hobbit
Peter Jackson denied 4th weekend atop box office
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2013 12:26 PM CST
Theatrical key art for a poster from the movie, "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," releasing in theaters on Friday, January 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lionsgate)

(Newser) – Moviegoers started off the New Year with a healthy dose of blood and gore, pushing Texas Chainsaw 3D to the weekend's No. 1 spot with $23 million, reports the LA Times. That number dethroned Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which claimed $17.5 million and the No. 3 spot, while Django Unchained grabbed $20.1 million and the runner-up status. Also of note, the Matt Damon - John Krasinski vehicle, Promised Land, continued to disappoint in wider release, with $4.3 million.

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Jan 7, 2013 5:12 AM CST
I have always wanted a copy of Texas Chain Saw Massacre with a laugh track added in. It needs such a Monet Python touch.
Jan 6, 2013 10:14 PM CST
How many times are they going to rehash this movie? It was no good in the first place. Lovely more blood & gour to watch, not me thank you.
Jan 6, 2013 9:12 PM CST
Just $23 million? LOL Hobbit did nearly $85 million it's first weekend.