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article imageSlasher horror knocks Hobbit off top of US box-office ratings

By Andrew John     Jan 7, 2013 in Entertainment
The three-week reign of the little people of Middle-earth at the top of the US box-office ratings has ended – and in comes some classic horror.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the first in a trilogy that forms the prequel to The Lord of the Ringshas been replaced by Texas Chainsaw 3D, which is set immediately after the events in the 1974 classic directed by Tobe Hooper.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is based on the book by J. R. R. Tolkien – one book, not three, which are needed to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings – and stars Martin Freeman (The Office, Sherlock) as Bilbo Baggins.
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It’s written and directed by Peter Jackson, who also directed the Rings trilogy, which features Bilbo’s nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood) and his journey to consign the troublesome Ring to the fires of Mount Doom.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is the seventh in the Chainsaw franchise, and directed by John Luessenhop and written by Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus.
Central to the story is Heather (Alexandra Daddario), who takes a road trip to collect an inheritance, but
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is unaware that she’ll meet her cousin, the slasher Leatherface (Dan Yeager).
The movie made $23 million (£14.3 million) in its opening weekend. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has so far netted more than $263 million (about £164 million) in the US and $825 million (£514 million) globally, according to the BBC.
The next two films in the Hobbit trilogy will be The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and There and Back Again (2014).
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