There won't be much buzz at the box office on the first weekend of the new year, as only one new movie --
The horror flick starring the serial killer made famous in 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is expected to debut with a respectable sum of about $16 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The movie is to premiere in a handful of theaters at 10 p.m. on Thursday, before expanding nationwide on Friday to 2,654 locations.
That won't be enough to unseat
Meanwhile, the environmental drama
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" was financed by Avi Lerner's Millennium Pictures for just under $20 million but is being distributed in North America by Lionsgate, which is spending about $20 million to market the horror film. Lionsgate did not screen the movie for critics, typically an indication that a studio feels its film will not be embraced by reviewers.