Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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January 7th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

-- “Texas Chainsaw 3D” took top honors at the box office during the weekend of January 4, earning $23,000,000. When Heather receives word of an inheritance, she decides to seek out her long-lost biological family, and her friends are happy to accompany her. What Heather actually uncovers is a brutal and bloody past that threatens to overtake her very identity. The film’s R rating is due to grisly violence and language.

Continuing Films

“Django Unchained” brought in $20,082,000, adding to overall profits of more than $106 million. Calvin Candie is a callous plantation owner who plays fast and loose with human lives. Unknown to Candie, however, his days are numbered. There is a new bounty hunter in town, and he has his sights set on Candie. The film’s R rating is due to nudity, language, a vicious fight, and strong violence.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has earned over $263 million since its December release. During the weekend of January 4, the film brought in $17,525,000. Bilbo Baggins sets out to retrieve treasure from a dragon, but first he will have to escape from trolls, outrun Orcs, and engage in a dangerous battle of wits with a mysterious enemy. The fantasy epic has a PG-13 rating for frightening images and sequences of action and violence.

“Les Misérables” earned $16,117,000 during the weekend. Since its release, the film has brought in more than $103 million. Abandoned by the father of her child, Fantine struggles to earn a living for herself and her daughter. When she meets a man who seems willing to help her, Fantine is not sure whether she can trust him or not, but he has the power to change her daughter’s life forever. The musical drama has a PG-13 rating for mature and suggestive content, violence, and thematic elements.

“Parental Guidance” saw box office profits of $10,125,000. Overall, the comedy has earned $52,760,079. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler join forces as a pair of old-fashioned grandparents. When they agree to watch their grandchildren, everyone involved ends up experiencing culture shock, with hilarious and unpredictable results. “Parental Guidance” is rated PG for rude humor.

“Jack Reacher” maintained a steady presence at the box office, bringing in weekend profits of $9,300,000. The movie has earned more than $64 million overall. When Reacher, an ex-military man, arrives in Pittsburgh, he is ready to exact vengeance against a murder suspect. Instead, Reacher is shocked to learn that the suspect has been asking for his help. The PG-13 rating is due to drug material, language, and violence.

“This Is 40” earned $8,600,000, with overall profits of more than $54 million. As they approach middle age, Pete and Debbie begin to question the basis of their marriage. The two will have to make some changes and do some serious soul-searching, while still balancing family life and job obligations. Judd Apatow’s comedy has an R rating for crude humor, pervasive language, mature content, and drug material.

Movies to DVD

“Frankenweenie” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 8. Eccentric Victor has a hard time making friends, but his loyal dog is always there to comfort him. When he loses his dog in an unexpected accident, Victor decides to bring his one friend back from beyond the grave. The PG rating is because of action, scary images, and thematic elements.

“Hit and Run” follows Charlie, a former getaway driver who is now trying to follow the straight and narrow path. When his girlfriend convinces him to leave the safety of the Witness Protection Program, Charlie ends up in more trouble than he thought possible. The R rating is due to graphic nudity, violence, drug content, and pervasive language.

“Dredd” stars Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, a ruthless law enforcement officer who may have met his match. With a new street drug causing trouble, Dredd will have to use all his savvy to keep the city from descending into chaos. “Dredd” has an R rating for language, mature content, drug use, and strong violence.

In “House at the End of the Street,” Jennifer Lawrence stars as Elissa, a newcomer in a wealthy and seemingly idyllic town. When she starts talking to her neighbors, however, it soon becomes clear that the peaceful town hides dark and unsettling secrets. If she is not careful, the town may destroy Elissa. The horror movie has a PG-13 rating for violence and terror, language, teen partying, drug material, and thematic elements.

“Stolen” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 8. Nicolas Cage is Will, a man who is attempting to leave his past behind. Unfortunately, trouble seems determined to find Will. With his daughter’s life on the line, Will reluctantly returns to his life of crime. “Stolen” has an R rating for language and violence.