'Chronicle' Opens as Box Office Champion on Super Bowl Weekend

Dane DeHaan

The found footage sc-fi bags a solid $22 million, defeating other new releases, 'The Woman in Black' and 'Big Miracle', which land on the second and fourth place respectively.
20th Century Fox's found footage film "Chronicle" lands on the top of North American box office on the Super Bowl weekend. The high school superpower movie collects a solid $22 million in its opening week, defeating its rival newcomer, Daniel Radcliffe's horror pic "The Woman in Black".

Receiving a "B" CinemaScore, the Josh Trank-directed sci-fi attracts to mostly younger moviegoers, with 61% of the ticket buyers are under the age of 25. Of the good box office result, Fox executive vice president of distribution Chris Aronson says, "This is a fantastic result for a movie that was designed by and made for that younger deographic that has been largely missing from theaters."

Trailing close behind "Chronicle" on the runner-up spot is "Woman in Black" with $20.8 million in its debut week. The thriller receives a "B-" CinemaScore and appeals to many of "Harry Potter" fans who would like to see Radcliffe in this movie. Female audience make up 59% of the ticket buyers, who mostly consist of younger moviegoers.

Steven Friedlander, CBS Films president of domestic distribution, gushes, "You've got one of the biggest and hardest-working actors in a well-made, scary movie, with an innovative marketing campaign."

Last week's champion "The Grey" falls to the third place this weekend. The survival thriller starring Liam Neeson rakes in $9.3 million. Despite the prediction that the film will drop more than 70% on the Super Bowl weekend, it only falls 52% from last week, collecting a total domestic cume of $34.7 million after two weeks playing in the U.S. theaters.

Another new release this week is Drew Barrymore's whale movie, "Big Miracle". Being made on a $40 million budget, the family movie grosses only $7.7 in its opening week. The movie appeals to family audience and receives a "A-" CinemaScore.

Rounding up the top five is "Underworld: Awakening". The Kate Beckinsale-starring vampire war thriller bags $5.5 million on this Super Bowl weekend. After three weeks rolling in cinemas, the movie collects a total domestic cume of $54.3 million.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for February 3-5, 2012:
  1. "Chronicle" - $22 million
  2. "The Woman in Black" - $20.8 million
  3. "The Grey" - $9.3 million
  4. "Big Miracle" - $7.7 million
  5. "Underworld: Awakening" - $5.5 million
  6. "One for the Money" - $5.2 million
  7. "Red Tails" - $4.7 million
  8. "The Descendants" - $4.5 million
  9. "Man on a Ledge" 3D - $4.3 million
  10. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" - $3.8 million

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