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Weekend Box-Office: February 3-5, 2012

Feb. 5, 2012by:
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Chronicle has the power!

It may be Super Bowl weekend, but people obviously had plenty of time to check out a movie or two before kickoff. The new superpowered-teen "found footage" flick CHRONICLE just barely grabbed the top spot with a $22 million opening, performing better than expected (particularly on a $12M budget) and getting high marks from critics.

Daniel Radcliffe put away his wizard wand for some old-school Gothic chills in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, making a tight race for #1 but coming in a close second with $21M (although with such a slim margin in today's estimates, it's entirely possible those positions could switch tomorrow when the actual results are totaled).

Either way, not a bad debut for the week's other modestly budgeted thriller, although I'd be curious to know how many ticket-buyers were Harry Potter fans just following Radcliffe, and how many were only seeking a good scare regardless of who was starring.

The weekend's other new release, Drew Barrymore's whale-saving drama BIG MIRACLE, swam into fourth with $8.5M (on around 1000 fewer screens than each of the three movies above it). Most of the others on the chart experienced a drop around 50% with last week's top draw, Liam Neeson's frosty survival tale THE GREY, sliding to third place with another $9.5M.

George Lucas' RED TAILS is still sputtering along, MAN ON A LEDGE is dangling by its fingers, and Katherine Heigl's ONE FOR THE MONEY makes us wonder why she still gets leading roles, while UNDERWORLD: AWAKENINGS has staked out a spot in the top 5 in its third week (the fanged action flick is approaching $100 worldwide). For the awards-buzzed, THE DESCENDANTS is still performing best, adding another $4.6M as apparent fave THE ARTIST still struggles to get into the Top 10.

Next weekend throws some high-profile talent into the fight: Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds face off in SAFE HOUSE, Dwayne Johnson drags Michael Caine to CG-land in the pseudo-sequel JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, Channing Tatum romances his amnesiac wife Rachel McAdams in THE VOW, and Darth Maul wants your dough for a 3D re-release of STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE. What's your favorite "found footage" movie? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Chronicle $22 M
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2. The Woman in Black $21 M
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3. The Grey $9.5 M $34.7 M
4. Big Miracle $8.5 M
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5. Underworld: Awakening $5.6 M $54.3 M
6. One for the Money $5.2 M $19.6 M
7. Red Tails $5 M $41.3 M
8. The Descendants $4.6 M $65.5 M
9. Man on a Ledge $4.5 M $14.7 M
10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close $3.9 M $26.7 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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6:44AM on 02/06/2012
That's all well and good, but what does The_Soloist think?
That's all well and good, but what does The_Soloist think?
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5:27PM on 02/05/2012

Loved Chronicle

even though i will no longer go to the movies on the day of its release (fucking teenagers talking) I am VERY glad I saw this. Here is to hoping they make a awesome sequel
even though i will no longer go to the movies on the day of its release (fucking teenagers talking) I am VERY glad I saw this. Here is to hoping they make a awesome sequel
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4:19PM on 02/05/2012
Chronicle was seriously awesome, the best "found footage" film ever IMO, glad to see it
kicking ass at the BO.
Chronicle was seriously awesome, the best "found footage" film ever IMO, glad to see it
kicking ass at the BO.
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3:47PM on 02/05/2012
It's official! january and february movies no longer suck!
It's official! january and february movies no longer suck!
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2:09PM on 02/05/2012
I finally went to see "The Artist" yesterday. What a wonderful film. I can see what all the fuss is about now. Easily in my Top Three of last year.
I finally went to see "The Artist" yesterday. What a wonderful film. I can see what all the fuss is about now. Easily in my Top Three of last year.
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2:29PM on 02/05/2012
agree 100%.
agree 100%.
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