'Chronicle' and 'Woman in Black' top Friday's box office
"Chronicle" and Daniel Radcliffe's "The Woman in Black" have taken the lead in Friday's box office, for an impressive start to the Super Bowl weekend.
"Chronicle" earned $8.7 million on Friday while "Woman in Black" pulled in $8.3 million. Both flicks are expected to gross around $20 million for the weekend.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, theater goers skewed younger than usual this weekend, with 61 percent of the "Chronicle" audience and 57 percent of the "Woman in Black" audience being under the age of 25.
"Chronicle," which was directed by 25-year-old Josh Trank, follows three high school friends who gain superpowers after discovery something not of this world. They soon find their friendships tested as they embrace their darker sides and their lives spin out of control.
The film stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Kelly.
In the film, Radcliffe portrays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer and widowed father who visits a remote village to deal with the accounts of a recently deceased client. There, he is confronted by the ghost of a scorned woman who is out for revenge. The film is based on the 1983 book by Susan Hill and has previously been adapted into a TV movie and a play in Britain.
Radcliffe warned OnTheRedCarpet.com that his new film is not necessarily suitable for the "Harry Potter" audience.
"This is an entirely different level. This is much scarier and also much creepier," Radcliffe told OnTheRedCarpet.com recently. "All the scary stuff in 'Potter' came from some quite big, or quite heightened moments where as a lot of this film can feel quite real. So if ... the psychological element is such that if you have young kids or kids under 12, I would really probably not take them because you will have a lot of sleepless nights, I think, after seeing this movie."
The No. 3 spot was occupied by last weeks' holdover Liam Neeson's thriller, "The Grey," which grossed another $3.1 million on Friday for a domestic cume of $28,346,000.
In the film, which hit theaters on January 27, members of an oil drilling team survive a plane crash and get stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, where they face dangers such as blizzards and wolves. Neeson's character, a man named Ottway, takes on the role of leader. The film also stars Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo.
The third film opening over the Super Bowl weekend was Universal's "Big Miracle," starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, which grossed $2.3 million on Friday and landed in fourth place in the box office.
"Big Miracle" is based on the true story of a 1988 highly-publicized international effort to rescue gray whales from being trapped in a hole in the ice near Point Barrow, Alaska. Barrymore plays Greenpeace activist Rachel Kramer, while "The Office" star John Krasinski portrays Adam Carlson, her ex-boyfriend and a reporter.
The movie also stars Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney and Ted Danson.
Watch the trailers for "Chronicle," "The Woman in Black" and "Big Miracle" below.