Chronicle remained at the top of the box office on Tuesday with a daily take of $1.69 million. The low-budget sci-fi film from Fox was essentially unchanged from Monday's performance. Chronicle continues to exceed pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $25.38 million. The film is currently running 5 percent ahead of the pace of last year's I Am Number Four (which carried a far larger price tag and had the added benefit of opening over a holiday weekend).
CBS Films' The Woman in Black held steady in second place with $1.27 million. The low-budget thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe was up a solid 8 percent over Monday. Like Chronicle, The Woman in Black continues to outpace expectations and has now grossed $23.32 million in five days. The film is currently running 11 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Boogeyman and essentially on par with 2006's When a Stranger Calls.
The Grey grossed $0.95 million to continue to claim third. The Liam Neeson vehicle from Open Road was up 16 percent over Monday and down 41 percent from last Tuesday. The Grey has grossed $36.33 million in twelve days, which is ahead of expectations and 19 percent behind the pace of last year's Unknown.
Academy Award nominees for Best Picture experienced healthy daily holds on Tuesday. The Descendants was up 39 percent from Monday to gross $525,841, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was up 36 percent to gross $381,070, The Artist was up 39 percent to gross $334,485, Hugo was up 29 percent to gross $217,374 and War Horse was up 28 percent to gross $128,113. Respective total grosses stand at $77.52 million for War Horse, $66.38 million for The Descendants, $62.30 million for Hugo, $27.33 million for Extremely Loud and at $21.21 million for The Artist.