Even with most people distracted by the Giants or Patriots or whatever elaborate gameday dish they’ve been working on, this weekend still marked the first time in history that two movies opened above $20 million against the Super Bowl.
Based on studio estimates, Chronicle held off The Woman in Black to take the top spot this weekend, though Daniel Radcliffe’s first post-Potter outing was impressive in its own right.
Chronicle debuted to an estimated $22 million, which is the fourth-highest Super Bowl debut ever and second-best among movies targeting at men behind Taken ($24.7 million). It did earn less than major found footage flicks like Cloverfield ($40.06 million) and last month’s The Devil Inside ($33.7 million), not to mention the last two Paranormal Activity movies, though that shouldn’t detract too much from this movie’s success.
New Movies in Theaters
- Chronicle: [Sci-Fi Action, 1 hr. 23 min.] Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell.
- The Woman in Black: [Horror Thriller, 1 hr. 35 min.] Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTier.
- Big Miracle: [Drama, 2 hr. 03 min.] John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Danson.
Top 10 U.S.A. Weekend Box Office
Weekend: February 3rd to 5th, 2012
- Chronicle (2012) $22,000,000 Total: $22,000,000 Week: 1
- The Woman in Black $21,000,000 Total: $21,000,000 Week: 1
- (1) The Grey $9,500,000 Total: $34,756,000 Weeks: 2
- Big Miracle $8,500,000 Total: $8,500,000 Week: 1
- (2) Underworld Awakening $5,600,000 Total: $54,353,000 Weeks: 3
- (3) One For the Money $5,250,000 Total: $19,668,000 Weeks: 2
- (4) Red Tails $5,000,000 Total: $41,323,000 Weeks: 3
- (8) The Descendants $4,600,000 Total: $65,523,000 Weeks: 12
- (5) Man on a Ledge $4,500,000 Total: $14,700,000 Weeks: 2
- (6) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $3,925,000 Total: Weeks: 7
(#) = Previous week rank, = New Film
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