Box Office Results – ‘Chronicle’ Superpowers Its Way To The Top

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Movies

This past weekend’s theatrical releases could be summed up into one word…”lackluster”.  That’s not to mean that they’re not good films just they don’t carry the pomp and circumstance of some past releases.  After seeing Chronicle this weekend with my pre-teen daughter I can confidently say that it was the most enjoyable movie released this weekend.  Not only did I enjoy it but my daughter did as well, and that makes me cool.  So there!

Anyways, Chronicle barely edged The Woman in Black for the number one spot bringing in $22 million.  The found-film kindof movie has become its own genre here in the past couple of years with films like Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity 1, 2, and now 3, amongst others.  Chronicle was the perfect blend of story-telling, action, and emotion.  It actually made me feel like I was watching a very well done documentary.  A movie about a couple of teenagers who stumble across an extraordinary power force that changes their lives forever is a movie you wouldn’t think could be told through a handheld camera.

Harry Potter mustered enough acting juice to take his film The Woman in Black to the number two movie this weekend, bringing in almost $22 million but not quite, with $21M.  It’s Daniel Radcliffe’s first film since the Harry Potter movie franchise ended and by all accounts those Potter die-hards went to the movies this weekend to see if he’d be casting some spells on some poltergeists.  I don’t think the movie worked out that way but hey, it made Radcliffe a ton of money.  Rounding out the top 5 from the weekend was Liam Neeson’s wolf ass-whooping film The Grey bringing in $9.5M.  The fourth spot belonged to the other new release in theaters, Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krazinski (or Jim from The Office as you might know him), with $8.5M.  Fifth was occupied by the ever present franchise that won’t die, Underworld Awakening, making $5.6M.

Here is the rest of the top 10:

Numbers in millions (total)

1) Chronicle – $22 (NEW)

2) The Woman in Black – $21 (NEW)

3) The Grey – $9.5 ($33.4)

4) Big Miracle – $8.5 (NEW)

5) Underworld Awakening – $5.6 ($54.3)

6) One for the Money – $5.2 ($19.6)

7) Red Tails – $5 ($41.3)

8) The Descendants – $4.6 ($65.5)

9) Man on a Ledge – $4.5 ($14.7)

10) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – $3.9 ($26.7)


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