Led by rapper Trey Songz, Texas Chainsaw scored $23 million, which, however, is still shy of The Devil Inside's January horror movie opening record of a whopping $33.7 million. Chainsaw only scored a "C+" CinemaScore, however, so I don't expect a repeat next weekend against Gangster Squad and the expanding Zero Dark Thirty.
As far as predictions go, Laremy had Hobbit #1 and Chainsaw only pulling in $15 million as he didn't count on what is being reported as 33% of moviegoers heading to see the film due to Trey Songz's involvement. Looking through the reader predictions, most followed Laremy's lead with a lot of love for Django, but a few went against the grain, with Joie delivering an on-the-nose $23 million prediction. Excellent work.
The Hobbit wasn't even able to score second place as it was topped by Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which brought in $20 million from 3,010 theaters and has now crossed the $100 million domestic mark, totaling a $106.4 million cume.
We find Peter Jackson's Hobbitses in third with $17.5 million with the pic crossing $263.8 million domestically.
Another film crossing the $100 million mark along with Django was Best Picture contender Les Miserables, which brought in $16.1 million this weekend and has now grossed $103.6 million domestically.
After a limited opening last week, Gus Van Sant's Matt Damon-led Promised Land expanded to 1,676 theaters, but couldn't manage a top ten finish, bringing in $4.3 million. Just enough to take that #10 spot.
Additionally, Zero Dark Thirty expanded from five to 60 theaters this weekend and brought in $2.7 million for a per theater average of a whopping $45,833. The film will go nationwide next weekend, January 11.
Silver Linings Playbook fell just outside the top ten with $3.6 million, raising its cume to $34.6 million as some are expecting the Harvey Oscar machine to kick in soon and put that Silver Linings on the Best Picture top line (I don't see it, but would welcome it). And The Impossible added 15 more theaters and is now up to 572 and managed $2.7 million this weekend.
Next weekend will see the release of Gangster Squad and A Haunted House, but my money is on Zero Dark Thirty expanding nationwide after it's nominated for Best Picture on Thursday and taking the top spot. What do you think?
Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for January 4 - January 6, 2013
- Django Unchained (The Weinstein Co.) - $20 million ($106.3m cume)
From 3,010 theaters ($6,645 avg.) / $100 million budget / 88%
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros.) - $17.5 million ($263.8m cume)
From 3,755 theaters ($4,660 avg.) / 65%
- Les Miserables (Universal Pictures) - $16 million ($103.5m cume)
From 2,904 theaters ($5,510 avg.) / $61 million budget
- Parental Guidance (20th Century Fox) - $9.7 million ($52.3m cume)
From 3,368 theaters ($2,880 avg.) / $25 million budget / 19%
- Jack Reacher (Paramount Pictures) - $9.1 million ($64.6m cume)
From 3,288 theaters ($2,768 avg.) / $60 million budget / 62%
- This is 40 (Universal Pictures) - $8.3 million ($54.2m cume)
From 2,931 theaters ($2,832 avg.) / $35 million budget / 51%
- Lincoln (DreamWorks Pictures) - $5.4 million ($144.0m cume)
From 1,901 theaters ($2,841 avg.) / $65 million budget / 89%
- The Guilt Trip (Paramount Pictures) - $4.4 million ($31.1m cume)
From 2,312 theaters ($1,903 avg.) / $40 million budget / 37%
- Promised Land (Focus Features) - $4 million ($4.3m cume)
From 1,676 theaters ($2,387 avg.) / 50%