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Chronicle and The Woman in Black are US box office hits


Story by Jack Foley

INDIE super-power movie Chronicle and Daniel Radcliffe horror movie The Woman in Black have both scored sizeable hits at the US box office in what proved to be another good weekend for the coffers.

It was high school superpower pic Chronicle, from 25-year-old director Josh Trank, that came top of the lot with opening figures of $22 million – some way ahead of pre-release expectations.

But The Woman in Black wasn’t far behind with $21 million.

Both films represent sizeable victories for their respective distributors. Twentieth Century Fox only spent $12 million to produce Chronicle, which follows a group of high school friends who acquire superpowers and use them to make mischief with dark consequences.

Its success prompted Chris Aronson, Fox executive vice president of distribution, to say: “This is a fantastic result for a movie that was designed by and made for that younger deographic that has been largely missing from theaters.”

The Woman in Black, on the other hand, is based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name and was produced by Hammer Film Productions. Distributed by CBS Films in the States, it had been acquired by the company for only $3 million.

The third new weekend opener, family friendly whale pic Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, opened in fourth with $8.5 million, one place behind Liam Neeson holdover The Grey (which topped last weekend’s box office).

Underworld: Awakening rounded out the US top five, while Oscar hopefuls The Descendants and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close continued to perform well.

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