Two movies competed neck-and-neck, much like a Super Bowl game, this weekend to win the number one spot at the box office.
Chronicle, the movie about a group of teenagers who gain superpowers only to realize that getting what you wish for can sometimes be a curse, won with $22 million at the box office, according to The Los Angeles Times. Chronicle marks the latest in a trend of found-footage movies to do well at the box office.
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Although Chronicle made the grade this weekend, it had a close competitor, The Woman in Black. The horror film about a lawyer who travels to a small village in England only to find it haunted by a sadistic woman came in second with an estimated $21 million. Starring Daniel Radcliffe in his first role after the end of the Harry Potter series last summer, the film garnered great reviews.
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Coming in third with still a strong following at $9.5 million is last week’s number one film, The Grey. The thriller about a group of oil workers trapped in the Alaskan tundra stars Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney.
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Coming in fourth with a disappointing $8.5 million was the romantic comedy Big Miracle, based on a true story about a journalist and a Green Peace worker who lead the fight in rescuing California grey whales trapped off the coast of Alaska. The film stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and Kristen Bell.
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Sliding down to fifth place this week is the Kate Beckinsale vampire thriller Underworld: Awakening with $5.6 million. This is the film’s third week at the box office.
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Staying strong with $5 million is the George Lucas-produced action film about the Tuskegee airmen of World War II, Red Tails, coming in seventh place this weekend.
Rounding out the top ten is George Clooney‘s Oscar-contending performance in The Descendants at eighth place with $4.6 million, Sam Worthington’s action film Man on a Ledge at ninth place with $4.5 million and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close coming in tenth with $3.9 million.
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