'Texas Chainsaw 3D' cuts past 'Hobbit' for No. 1 spot with $23M

Sunday, January 06, 2013
Photo courtesy of Lionsgate Films

Actress Alexandra Daddario is seen in this still from 'Texas Chainsaw 3D.' (KABC Photo / Actress Alexandra Daddario is seen in this still from 'Texas Chainsaw 3D.')

"Texas Chainsaw 3D" cut through the competition at the box office this weekend.

The Lionsgate release earned an estimated $23 million in its debut weekend. The horror sequel is a follow-up to the 1974 "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and has masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.

"Django Unchained" came in second with $20 million, and is now director Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing film.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" held on to third place, with a $17.5-million dollar weekend.

"Les Miserables" and "Parental Guidance" rounded out the top five.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," $23 million.
2. "Django Unchained," $20.1 million.
3. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $17.5 million ($57.1 million international).
4. "Les Miserables," $16.1 million ($14.5 million international).
5. "Parental Guidance," $10.1 million.
6. "Jack Reacher," $9.3 million ($22.3 million international).
7. "This Is 40," $8.6 million.
8. "Lincoln," $5.3 million.
9. "The Guilt Trip," $4.5 million.
10. "Promised Land," $4.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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