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Box Office Predictions: 'Chronicle' Takes the Movies, Pats Take the Super Bowl


Last week saw Sensei’s streak extend to 11 straight weeks. That streak faces a serious test this Super Bowl weekend. If you need a laugh before the big game, we’ve collected Master Iron Fist’s funniest photo captions from 2011:

Speaking of the big game, this weekend’s predictions and revenue results go as follows:

1. Chronicle ($17 million) – Films usually have big drops because of the Super Bowl on Sunday, so the key to winning will be the film that can start the strongest on Friday. Currently, “Chronicle” has that advantage with its advance social media presence and appeal to action audiences, which are very strong right now.

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2. The Woman In Black ($12 million) – Daniel Radcliffe opens a film without his “Harry Potter” safety net. Sadly, as has been the pattern with all CBS film releases, marketing hasn’t been strong. The picture is relying entirely on Radcliffe’s name to try and pull a weekend win. That points to a diminished opening, especially on Super Bowl weekend.

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3. The Grey ($9.5 Million) – Super Bowl weekend is very rough on holdovers. This will be a large drop, but the film will continue to do very well at the box office overall.

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4. Big Miracle ($9.1 Million) – This film will beat some projections, but not by much. Family audiences will take the plunge, but that can only take you so far in just 1700 theaters.

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5. Underworld Awakening ($6 Million) – Keeping in line with those big Super Bowl weekend drops, even Ms. Beckinsale will be greatly affected by the gridiron classic.

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Bonus Call: “How about a sports one?”

#. Super Bowl XLVI (Patriots 34, Giants 24) – In an epic rematch of Super Bowl XLII, look for Tom Brady and his high-powered offense to finally outlast New York’s incredibly sound defense.

Happy football weekend, everyone.

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