In a surprise upset, Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D placed No. 1 at the Friday box office with a healthy debut of $10.2 million. The R-rated film is now expected to win the weekend with a gross in the $21 million to $25 million range, marking a victory for Lionsgate.
Pre-release tracking had suggested that holdovers The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Django Unchained would battle it out for No. 1, followed by Les Miserables. Picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic slasher film left off, Texas Chainsaw earned a C+ CinemaScore.
Normally, a poor grade would spell trouble for a film’s playability, but horror films often receive a C. Django, from the Weinstein Co., came in No. 2 on Friday, grossing $6.2 million for a domestic total of $92.4 million. The Quentin Tarantino film is expected to earn in the $19.5 million range for the weekend.