Texas Chainsaw 3D knocks The Hobbit off box office top spot

The low budget horror sequel unexpectedly ended Peter Jackson's three-week reign of the US box office

Texas Chainsaw 3D – the seventh film in the Texas Chainsaw Massace franchise – has become an unexpected box office hit and knocked Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit off the number one spot in the US.


The low-budget horror film, which sees chainsaw-weilding antagonist Leatherface go on yet another murderous rampage – leapt to the top of the US box office chart after taking an unprecedented $23m during its opening weekend. 

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – which stars Sherlock actor Martin Freeman, as well as Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and James Nesbitt – had held onto the top spot for three weeks, but has now slipped to third place behind Texas Chainsaw 3D and Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained. Musical release Les Miserables – starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe – is in fourth place after taking $16.117million.


Although its reign at the top of the US box office appears to have ended, The Lord of the Rings director’s return to Middle Earth is still firmly at the top of the UK box office and has so far taken $825million globally.