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Bloody 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' tops box office

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Singer, rapper and actor Tremaine "Trey Songz" Neverson poses in Los Angeles, California, December 18, 2012. Trey Songz stars in the upcoming movie, Texas Chainsaw 3D, a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which is set to open nationwide on January 4, 2013. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)


"Texas Chainsaw 3D" revisits the creepy family from the 1974 film.

The bloody "Texas Chainsaw 3D" buzzed past rivals at the weekend box office, generating a chart-topping $23 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters. 

The movie revives a horror franchise that started four decades ago with the original 1974 film about a serial killer named Leatherface. The new movie picks up where that film ended, following a woman who inherits a family home. 

The horror flick topped Quentin Tarantino Western "Django Unchained," the second place film from Friday through Sunday with $20 million. No. 3 movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" grabbed $17.5 million, according to studio estimates.

Lions Gate Entertainment released "Texas Chainsaw." The Weinstein Co. distributed "Django Unchained." "The Hobbit" was released by Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc.

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