By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend Estimates by Chainsawed vs Unchained Klady
Chain is my heart… ay yi yi yi yi.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D couldn’t manage 3x opening Friday… or even close… which kinda sucks. But no killer thriller can complain about a $20m opening weekend. Unless you have a sequel with a huge following, 20 is the target and everything over it is gravy.
The Hobbit is doing well, even though it had the biggest drop (45%) in the Top 10. It also has 2.5x more in the domestic bank than any other December release at this point. So the pain can surely be withstood.
On either side of the little guy, awards chasers Django Unchained and Les Misérables. Django passed Les Mis‘ overall domestic this weekend and the trend looks to continue as Django is one of the strongest holders and Les Mis on the weaker side. As noted yesterday, one can’t take away the success of Les Mis. But the phenomenon pitch has turned out not to hold much water.
In other awards fighting, Lincoln continues to hold like a champ, just under $145m domestic after a 27% drop this weekend and Oscar nominations on the way. Silver Linings Playbook will hit $35m on Monday in its painfully slow expansion. No doubt, Weinstein is planning on getting nominations this next week that will more than double that number, powering a national expansion. Life of Pi keeps pushing along, perhaps a few weeks (and a Best Picture nod) away from $100m domestic. The Impossible had a somewhat rough expansion to 572 screens. Zero Dark Thirty continues to kill on a limited – but less limited – 60 screens. Argo crossed the $110m mark this weekend. And Amour had a strong, but not overwhelming weekend on 3 screens.