It seems that Leatherface still has the (bloody) X-factor as Texas Chainsaw 3D has topped the box office this weekend bringing in a more than respectable $23 million from 2,654 theaters. Despite receiving pretty unfavorable reviews and only scoring 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, Texas Chainsaw 3D was the highest grossing film of the weekend, beating out Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, to second place. Obviously, watching attractive teenagers getting hacked to pieces by a chainsaw is a good way to start the new year.
The latest installment of the Texas Chainsaw franchise cost an estimated $8 million to produce so the movie is already well on the way to making a healthy profit. Those are the sort of numbers that make studio execs sit up and take notice, so you can bet that this won't be the last time that we return to the Sawyer household. It's hard to keep a good homicidal maniac down.
January is generally a good month for horror movies at the box office, as they tend to do good business regardless of the critical reception they receive. This time last year, The Devil Inside hauled in an incredible $33.7 million domestically despite the movie sucking all kinds of demonically-possessed balls.
Did any of you guys get your fix of Leatherface this weekend? Was Texas Chainsaw 3D any good? Let me know what you think in the comments below.