Many industry pundits underestimated the prospects of "Texas Chainsaw 3D," the horror tale that finally knocked "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" from the top spot at the box office. Expected to gross about $16 million in its debut, the Leatherface sequel fared much better than predicted, selling an estimated $23 million of tickets.
The film's commercial appeal wasn't the only part of "Texas Chainsaw" that people sold short. Producer Christa Campbell, a former pin-up girl and B-movie actress, said that Hollywood executives also assumed someone best known for her body couldn't have any moviemaking brains.
"I love that people underestimate me," said Campbell, who with producing partner Lati Grobman secured the roughly $20 million from Millennium Films to finance the movie, which was released domestically by Lionsgate. "They assume I'm stupid -- that I'm not on it."
In her acting career, Campbell has had roles in an array of horror tales, erotic thrillers and crime dramas, including parts in "The Wicker Man," "Finding Bliss," "Hero Wanted" and "Erotic Confessions." She and Grobman's new production company have several movies in development and post-production, among them Anna Paquin and Ryan Phillippe's "Straight A's" and the mental institution drama "Eliza Graves."