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'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' cuts up box office rivals

The latest incarnation of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has scared up the biggest bucks at the North American box office, according to early estimates.

The remake of the 1974 fright flick hit is expected to earn about $US29.1 million in its debut weekend, box office trackers Exhibitor Relations have said.

Sword-wielding Uma Thurman slipped to second place in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol 1, expected to make $US12.5 million. Runaway Jury, the adaptation of the John Grisham novel starring Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman, opened in third with about $US12.1 million.

Jack Black and Joan Cusack's comedy School of Rock dropped to fourth with $US11.3 million.

Clint Eastwood's new film Mystic River, starring Sean Penn, opened with an estimated $US10.3 million.

The children's space dog movie Good Boy took in $US9 million. Intolerable Cruelty, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, made $US6.8 million, while cop thriller Out of Time earned $US4.1 million.

Diane Lane's Under the Tuscan Sun fell to ninth place with $US4.8 million.

Wrestler-turned-actor The Rock rounded out the top ten with The Rundown at $US2.8 million.




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