I am surprised this low-budget venture beat both the star power of Daniel Radcliffe and Liam Neesom (The Grey). The producers have a lottery on their hands. I had predicted that Chronicle would beat The Grey but beating The Woman in Black was a shocker. Interesting thing to note is all the top films have a dark aura about them. And of course you can say darker than dark for The Woman in Black.
The whole film was shot in found footage style. This may be the first sci-fi superhero movie to be made so. Not including the zoo documentary style of The Rise of the Planet of the Apes - wonder how they earned so much with that long a title.
I predict it would end its cinematic run with $80 million on a $15 million budget. The Woman in Black may as well end with probably the same or less on a $13 million budget. The latter is the biggest US opening for a Hammer productions film. It has also received a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes praising its traditional approach. I applaud Daniel from not venturing into rom-coms like sensible young superstars would do. Trailer below:
Chronicle is directed by Josh Trank, becoming the youngest film-maker, at 27, to go number 1 in the US. It'written by Max Landis based on a story by both of them. Hats off!