In Theaters: 'Chronicle', 'The Woman in Black', 'Big Miracle'

Posted 12:25 AM February 3rd, 2012 by Binh Ngo


We have three new movies in wide release this Friday: Chronicle, The Woman in Black and Big Miracle.

Chronicle is a found footage Superhero movie about three teenagers who acquired super powers. It is fun and games at first as they play around with their new found powers but things quickly take a turn dark.

The Woman is Black is a horror movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as lawyer who has to travel to a remote village to settle the affairs of a woman who has recently pass away. Needless to say, not even ghosts like lawyers.

Big Miracle is a whale of a tale -- literally. The movie stars Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace volunteer who comes to the aid of whales trapped by ice near Alaska. There are lots of obstacles to overcome but, gosh darn it!, whales are cute and they must be rescued.

Let's see how these movies did with the critics and what they are projected to make at the box office over the weekend.

Found footage filmmaking, while not entirely new, is getting a renaissance of sort with the success of films like The Blair Witch Project, the Paranormal Activity movies, and, more recently, The Devil Inside. Now, this technique is applied to the Superhero genre in a movie called Chronicle.

Unlike The Devil Inside, Chronicle is doing quite well with the critics, with a Tomatometer of 87% at Rotten Tomatoes. Critics say even without the found footage gimmick, the movie has a compelling story of teen angst underneath.

Chronicle is projected to come in first at the box office, making somewhere between $14-$22 million over the weekend.

By doing eight Harry Potter movies pretty much back-to-back, Daniel Radcliffe has been typecast for evermore as the boy wizard of J.K. Rowling's most famous novels. In order to break this curse, he'll need to provide people with a completely different mental image of him. It's a tough order, but The Woman is Black is his first attempt at it if we don't count his stint in the stage play Equus.

Since The Woman in Black is rated PG-13, we won't see any blood or gore in the movie. It will have to rely on suspense and foreboding to achieve its scares. For the large part, it succeeds, but it may not be enough for gore hounds. The movie has a Tomatometer of 65%.

The Woman in Black is projected to make somewhere between $10-$16 million, which is good enough to take the second or third spot at the box office.

Big Miracle is really a rom-com in disguise. There is the plight of the trapped whales but when the camera is off them, it will be focused on the blossoming relationship between Drew Barrymore's Greenpeace volunteer and John Krasinki's small-town reporter.

The movie is good enough to have a Tomatometer of 64%. Critics say the movie is far too predictable and preachy for its own good, but the characters are likeable enough that you'll want to cheer them on.

Big Miracle is projected to make somewhere between $6-$8 million this weekend, which ought make it come in the fourth or fifth spot.

Last week's box office champ The Grey is projected to make between $9-$12 million this weekend.

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