Audiences were craving a post-holiday scare as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" massacred the competition on a relatively slow Friday night at the box office.

Likely to earn around $25 million for the weekend, the sequel to Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic carved up a meaty $10.2 million on Friday, putting it well ahead of the No. 2 film, Quentin Tarantino's bloody western "Django Unchained."

That film earned another $6.1 million and is well on its way to crossing the $100 million mark. Its domestic total now stands at $92.4 million. 

Meanwhile, Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure," picked up $5.2 million worth of box office gold, putting it just slightly ahead of  the musical holdover "Les Miserables," which earned $4.9 million on Friday.

Domestic totals for both films are looking good, with "The Hobbit" having earned $251 million, while "Les Mis" have so far netted $92.4 million.

The Bette Midler-Billy Crystal comedy "Parental Guidance" continues to play, coming in at No. 5 with $3.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $45.7 million.

Despite the presence of Matt Damon, Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" didn't make much noise after expanding to 1,676 screens, earning just $1.3 million.

Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow's controversial "Zero Dark Thirty" continues to hunt down big bucks in limited play. It earned $825,000 from just 60 screens, brining its total up to $2.5 million.

It opens wide next Friday, alongside "Gangster Squad" starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. 

Look for complete weekend estimates Sunday on HitFix.

 

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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.