A remake called “Texas Chainsaw 3-D” may have dropped the word “massacre” from its title, but it cut through the competition to become the most-popular movie in North America this weekend.
The Lionsgate release was on track to have a $23 million debut weekend, according to studio estimates gathered by Hollywood.com Box Office.
That was good enough to overcome “Django Unchained,” which had a $20 million gross. That movie just became director Quentin Tarantino’s highest-grossing film, with a two-week estimated gross of $106.4 million.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” held on to third place, with a $17.5 million weekend and a $263.8 million domestic gross over four weeks.
Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies this weekend, as estimated by the studios and collated by Hollywood.com, were “Les Miserables” ($16.1 million), “Parental Guidance” ($10.1 million), “Jack Reacher ($9.3 million), “This Is 40” ($8.6 million), “Lincoln” ($5.3 million), and “The Guilt Trip” ($4.5 million).