Chalk it up to college kids finally freed from family obligations with a bit of extra time on their hands before school starts up again. Chalk it up to the surprising popularity of Trey Songz, who was responsible for drawing in a third of the audience under 25. Chalk it up to the lure of the perverse thrill of sexy young people being threatened/killed with chainsaws. Chalk it up to audience not wanting to sit in a theater for nearly three hours. Whatever it was, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” surpassed expectations by taking the top spot this weekend at the box office, beating out films like “Django Unchained,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Les Miserables.” And so, of course, we’ll probably get another sequel.
The folks over at Bloody Disgusting are reporting that a follow up “will in fact move forward” thanks to the $23 million haul the movie made. Of course, horror flicks are generally frontloaded, and “Texas Chainsaw 3D” will likely disappear from memory in a couple of weeks, but they are also very, very cheap to make. And no doubt, this latest entry probably didn’t strain the pursestrings over at Lionsgate. It’s long been bandied about that the producers currently behind the series have the rights for multiple sequels, and even a modest success is an excuse to exercise to them.
Nothing is official just yet, and as for the next installment’s storyline, there’s no real word, but does it matter? It will probably be another slice ‘n dice effort with hot young things in peril, and the sound of lumberjack tools cranked to eleven in the theater. Another January release, another $20 million, done.