It was a close race last weekend at the box office with both Chronicle and The Woman in Black scoring over $20 million on their debuts, thus beating even the most optimistic expectations. Not the same could be said about Big Miracle, the return of Drew Barrymore, opening below expectations.
Chronicle ranked 1st over the Super Bowl weekend with $22 million, which is the 5th highest opening weekend ever for a found footage flick. Among superhero movies it’s a respectable 39th place, quite a feat for an original property. Made for just $15 million, Chronicle could go on to gross $60 million or so in North America. With such numbers there’s a good chance we might see a sequel in the not so distant future, we’re talking about Fox after all.
The Woman in Black opened to $20.8 million, enough to rank 1st a week ago, now only 2nd behind Chronicle. Among period horrors, The Woman in Black had the 8th highest debut and could finish somewhere between $50 and 55 million in North America. It was a very cheap movie to acquire for CBS Films so they must be ecstatic to finally have a hit on their hands. Also Daniel Radcliffe might be packing some box office muscles after all.
In 3rd place we have former leader The Grey with $9.3 million and $35.3 million after 11 days. Compared to past Liam Neeson action flicks Taken ($54.9 million in 11 days) and Unknown ($43.8 million in 11 days), The Grey is running way behind and I seriously doubt it can go higher than $60 million in North America at this point. Fortunately, with a $25 million price tag The Grey is still very much a hit.
Big Miracle, the last new wide release of the week, opened in 4th place with a disappointing $7.7 million take. Not a good sign for actress Drew Barrymore that, according to Box Office Mojo, has a wide release opening average of $12 million. On a brighter note, it does rank higher than the $6.8 million opening of her last effort, comedy Going the Distance.
Rounding out the top 5 was Underworld Awakening with $5.5 million for $54.8 million after 18 days. It’s running a good $1.4 million ahead of Underworld: Evolution at the same point in its run so it should end up higher than the $62.3 million made by that, meaning a new series high, unadjusted for inflation.