Fox's Chronicle grossed $1.69 million on Monday to continue to lead the daily box office. The low-budget sci-fi film fell just 48 percent from Sunday, as percentage holds in general yesterday were obviously helped from Sunday's grosses being deflated by Super Bowl XLVI. Chronicle has exceeded expectations with a nice four-day start of $23.70 million. That is 4 percent stronger than the $22.71 million four-day start 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).
The Woman in Black took second place with $1.18 million. The CBS Films released thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe fell 60 percent from Sunday. The low-budget film experienced a larger daily decline than many others did yesterday, which is a sign of the film's appeal with teens. Like Chronicle, The Woman in Black has outpaced expectations with a four-day start of $22.05 million. That places the film 10 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Boogeyman and 2 percent behind the pace of 2006's When a Stranger Calls, both of which also opened over Super Bowl weekend.
Open Road's The Grey placed in third with $0.82 million. The Liam Neeson vehicle fell just 41 percent from Sunday, as it clearly took one of the larger hits from the Super Bowl this past weekend. The direct competition certainly won't get any easier this coming weekend though with the added presence of both Universal's Safe House and Fox's Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D in the marketplace. With that said, The Grey has already grossed a better than expected $35.38 million through just eleven days.
In other box office news on Monday, Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reached the $100 million domestic milestone. The David Fincher directed film marks the 30th release of 2011 to join the $100 million domestic club.