It was a battle of teens who suddenly develop superpowers versus Daniel Radcliffe in a non-Harry Potter leading role, with the sci-fi thriller barely edging out Radcliffe's horror film. Chronicle and The Woman in Black both over-performed at this weekend's box office, pulling in over $20 million each.
Chronicle, made for less than $15 million, had effects that looked better than a lot of big budget Hollywood productions and a storyline that drew in younger audiences. And Radcliffe's first big role outside of the Harry Potter franchise also proved to be more popular with moviegoers than anyone had anticipated. However, Universal Pictures didn't have much to celebrate with their big release: Big Miracle. The tale of trapped whales failed to find an audience, ringing up just $8.5 million over its first three days in theaters.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of February 3-5, 2012
1) Chronicle - $22,000,000
2) The Woman in Black - $21,000,000
3) The Grey - $9,500,000
4) Big Miracle - $8,484,065
5) Underworld Awakening - $5,600,000
6) One for the Money - $5,250,000
7) Red Tails - $5,000,000
8) The Descendants - $4,600,000
9) Man on a Ledge - $4,460,000
10) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - $3,925,000
(Photo from Chronicle © 20th Century Fox)