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
Texas Chainsaw Slays Hobbit
Theatrical key art for a poster from the movie, "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," releasing in theaters on Friday, January 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lionsgate)

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. (Read more Texas Chainsaw 3D stories.)

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