LOS ANGELES — It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.
Lionsgate's horror sequel Texas Chainsaw 3-D debuted at No. 1 with $23 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie picks up where 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.
Quentin Tarantino's revenge saga Django Unchained held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its domestic total to $106.4 million.
After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million. That lifts the domestic haul to $263.8 million for The Hobbit. The Warner Bros. blockbuster added $57.1 million overseas to bring its international earnings to $561 million and its worldwide total to about $825 million.
Also passing the $100 million mark over the weekend was Universal's musical Les Miserables, which finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $103.6 million.