Murderous retards with chainsaws = box office gold. Who knew?
The first big surprise of 2013 was the success of Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, which achieved just over $21 million on its first weekend. Whilst I doubt the decades late sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece will continue to perform (the reviews are horrendous), it’s already made the budget back, and a follow-up has been green-lit accordingly. It’s another low-budget success for the studio, following in the wake of Hostel and Saw.
Django Unchained followed behind with $20 million, bringing its total in America to $105 million. It should easily be Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film, especially once it goes overseas. Any threats to profits from nonsensical claims of racism and graphic violence proved unfounded (funny how they’re not making a fuss about a film where a man butchers people with chainsaws). Django opens here on the 18th – lookout for our QT marathon very soon!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came third with $17 million. After what looked like a slow start, it has made over $850 million so far, mostly thanks to international success.
Les Miserables has enjoyed tremendous numbers since its Christmas release date. With $170 million worldwide off a $60 million budget, it should be going strong for a while. Not adjusted for inflation, this could easily end up in the top five musicals of all time.
On a side note, whilst Life of Pi managed only $90 million in the US, it has pulled in over $300 million internationally. A Christmas release date and very strong reviews has given it a real shelf life. Whether it can push on to half a billion is debatable, but Ang Lee’s latest certainly hasn’t been a flop.
UK Box Office Top 10
|1||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||£4.08M||£44.9M||4|
|3||Life of Pi||£3.35M||£17.9M||3|
|8||Rise of the Guardians||£725K||£11.2M||6|
|10||Tinker Bell – The Secret Of The Wings||£517K||£3.38M||4|