It's the first box office of the New Year, and we're kicking it off with the first change at number 1 in several weeks.
Defying many expectations, Texas Chainsaw 3D (read our review) opened at number 1 this weekend with $23 million. Of the three Texas Chainsaw "reboots," (2 from New Line and this one from Lions Gate) Texas Chainsaw 3D's opening falls in the middle – lower than the first film's $28 million but higher than The Beginning's $18 million.
The addition of 3D surcharges and a story that takes place after the events of the 1974 original certainly must have helped the film pull in such a substantial amount of money (for a horror film in January, that is). Weekend number two will determine whether the film has any staying power.
In an unexpected leapfrog move, Django Unchained retained its number 2 spot this weekend with $20 million, bringing its domestic total up to $106 million. For director Quentin Tarantino, this makes Django his third movie to cross the $100 million threshold, and if it continues to perform strongly, it could surpass Inglourious Basterds ($120 million) for the title of highest grossing Tarantino movie yet.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes in at number 3 this weekend with $17 million, which brings its total up to $263 million in domestic revenue. The Hobbit has also now cracked the top 10 for highest grossing films of 2012. Currently, it holds the number 6 spot.
At number 4 is Les Misérables with $16 million. Director Tom Hooper's adaptation of the beloved musical (based on Victor Hugo's book) also joined the $100 million club this weekend, and is up to $103 million in domestic grosses.
Rounding out the top 5 is Parental Guidance with $10 million. Surprisingly, the Billy Crystal and Bette Midler film is at $52 million in domestic grosses.
Jack Reacher comes in at number 6 this weekend with $9 million, bringing its total to $64 million. While a potential sequel is still up in the air, the film has surpassed its production budget ($60 million).
Judd Apatow's comedy This is 40 comes in at number 7 with $8 million. The good news: The film isn't Apatow's weakest performing film (that honor goes to Funny People). The bad news: It's still likely to be a sore spot on the filmmaker's otherwise solid career.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is the number 8 film this weekend with $5 million. Though the film is fading from the top 10 – and has amassed $143 million in the process – we wouldn't be surprised to see it jump after the Oscar nominations are revealed this Thursday.
The Guilt Trip comes in at number 9 with $4.5 million, bringing its total up to $31 million. Teaming up Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand sounded like a good idea, but apparently audiences (for the most part) didn't agree. Still, the film is not a total flop by any means.
And finally, rounding out the top 10 is Promised Land (read our review) at $4.3 million. Though star power from Matt Damon and John Krasinski (who both wrote the film) helped shed light on the oft-overlooked subject matter of fracking, the film was a tough sell from the get-go. And some pretty confusing marketing and trailers certainly didn't help.
Source: Box Office Mojo