While I was not much of a fan of John Lussenhop’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, I am very pleased to hear that an 18 certificate (or R-rating in the US) horror film has managed to top the US box office. How the film did here in the UK is yet to be announced, but the news of the films success in the US is extremely welcoming. It has been a long time since horror topped the box office charts, and even longer for a horror with an 18 certificate.
Texas Chainsaw opened on Friday both in the US and here in the UK, and in the US it took $10.2 million (including 10pm and midnight shows on Thursday) putting it in first place. It is expected to finish the weekend taking $22-23 million, putting it in top place. Texas Chainsaw 3D has opened similar to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake in 2003, which opened on $10.6 million (although without the added bonus of 3D ticket sales), but the direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s original is way ahead of 2006’s prequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning which opened on $7.35 million. However, last January was also a big success for horror when Paramount’s The Devil Inside opened on the same day with a much more impressive $16.8 million. Word of mouth soon destroyed that film, and the same might happen with Texas Chainsaw 3D.
However, whether you liked the film or not, it is definitely cause for celebration seeing horror top the box office charts once more.
In other Texas Chainsaw 3D news, Bloody Disgusting have learnt that the producers of John Lussenhop’s sequel have acquired the rights to make a further six sequels, so it would appear that Texas Chainsaw 3D will become a new franchise starter. Now, obviously this is all based on the success of Texas Chainsaw 3D, but with the film topping the US box office against competition from the likes of Django Unchained, Les Miserables and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I would imagine the film is being hailed a success. This would in turn mean that there will at be at least one more sequel for sure.
Clearly nothing has actually been confirmed, but the story would obviously follow on from the events in Texas Chainsaw 3D, and personally, I don’t find that very exciting at all.
You can read my review of Texas Chainsaw 3D here.
(Source: Box Office Mojo, Bloody Disgusting)