“Chronicle” wins tight box-office race

The competition between the three most recent superpower movies was very tight this week, according to Reuters. Even though Daniel Radcliffe’s “Woman in Black” was well received by the public, “Chronicle” managed to win the tight box-office race.

The reports that the U.S. and Canadian theaters published on Sunday show that “Chronicle” registered an estimated $22.0 million gain over the weekend. “Woman in Black was just behind the aforementioned production with gains estimated around $21.0 million.

Studio executives were taken by surprise by these earnings because they were expecting the two movies to register weaker sales given that most people watched the Super Bowl competition. “Chronicle” was well received overseas, as well. The motion pictured added $13 million from 33 international markets and recorded a global weekend total of $35 million.

John Davis, the producer of the “Chronicle” noticed that many more young moviegoers were spotted at the cinema this week. This remark shows that young audiences are coming back to movie theaters after a period in which they seemed to have lost their interest. 61 percent of the movie audience was made up of people under age 25 according to the 20th Century Fox. Men and women seem to be equally interested in the film, as 55 viewers were males.

The movie relates the story of three teenage boys who develop superpowers and discover their dark sides. Executives declared that the movie was produced with $12 million. Their initial estimates amounted to $10 million, but this weekend’s sales overcome everyone’s expectations.

“Woman in Black”, on the other hand, was Daniel Radcliffe’s first production after the actor concluded his work with the blockbuster franchise “Harry Potter” last summer. Unlike “Chronicle”, “Woman in Black” was much more preferred by female fans (59 percent) under age 25. Furthermore, the audience of the movie was made up by people who like to be scarred, but not grossed out.

“Woman in Black” was the first CBS production to score a big debut after its five earlier movies struggled to get the public’s attention. “The Back-up Plan” was the studio’s biggest previous opening which earned $12.2 million.

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