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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“Chronicle” and “The Woman in Black” both made its debut over $20 million over Super Bowl weekend. Twentieth Century Fox’s “Chronicle” earned the top spot with a million dollars more than CBS Films’ “The Woman in Black.”

“Chronicle” earned $22 million at 2,907 theaters over the weekend. It is very successful for a $12 million budgeted film that stars the young actors ofDane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell. The storyline follows three high school friends with their new superpowers, but these powers start to alter their personalities towards the dark side.

Daniel Radcliffe’s first film since last year’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” debut with $21 million in 2855 theaters. The film is based off a Susan Hill’s novel about an attorney investigating a ghost terrorizing local villagers.

Universal Pictures’ “Big Miracle” opened with $8.5 million. The film stars John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney and Ted Danson. It is based on a true event about a group of people trying to lead a campaign to save a family of whales trapped beneath ice in the Arctic Circle.

In rounding out the top five, “The Grey” fell to third place by earning $9.5 million, a decrease of 51.7 percent from the previous weekend. And “Underworld: Awakening” fell to fifth place with $5.6 million, a drop of 54.7 percent.

For the pre-Valentine’s Day weekend, several films will make their debuts including “Safe House,” “The Vow,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” “Rampart” and the 3D re-release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE REPORT for February 3-5, 2012:

 

1. Chronicle $22 million
2. The Woman in Black $21 million
3. The Grey $9.5 million
4. Big Miracle $8.5 million
5. Underworld: Awakening $5.6 million
6. One for the Money $5.25 million
7. Red Tails $5 million
8. The Descendants $4.6 million
9. Man on a Ledge $4.46 million
10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close $3.925 million

Source: BoxOffice.com, Box Office Mojo