'Tis the season for big movies with big stars to battle it out for big box office profits and Oscar nominations. Yet, it was a low-budget and starless horror movie that made it to number one this past weekend. Earning $23 million in its opening weekend, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” slashed its way to top of the box office competing with some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. The gory thriller beat out Quentin Tarrantino's “Django Unchained” and Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit”, as well as the star-studded musical Les Miserables. Bradley Jacobs, Senior Editor of US Weekly, comes to the studio to comment on the success of the film, and potential Oscar nominees.
While there are major contenders in the theaters with substance and plenty of Oscar buzz, Jacobs explains that this movie serves well for “an ironic date night”. “This is counterprogramming. You have all these heavy Oscar movies you've really got to get around to seeing, like “Les Mis” and “Lincoln”, which are three hours long,” Jacobs offers. “Or you can see half naked girls running around and people throwing chainsaws through the air. Did I mention leather face and it's all in 3D?”
Soledad O’Brien says she was surprised to see that three out of top four movies "are very horrifically violent, and this is all in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.” “But the violence in “Texas Chainsaw” is cartoonish,” Jacobs explains.
With award season in its peak and Oscar nominations to be announced this Thursday, Jacobs makes his predictions for possible nominees. “Anne Hathaway,” Jacobs begins, “she’s is a lock to win best supporting actress this year. She was incredible in that role. 'Lincoln', you have the pedigree of Steven Spielberg and Daniel Kushner and Daniel Day Lewis, who's won the Oscar twice before, and looks like he's going to win again.”