Superhero film Chronicle leaped to the top of the North American box office on its debut, estimates showed Sunday, telling the story of three high school students who acquire incredible powers.
Chronicle, which garnered positive reviews from critics, brought in $22 million in box office receipts, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Coming in a close second was another debut, horror film The Woman In Black starring British actor Daniel Radcliffe, famous for his long run in the Harry Potter saga.
The dark film, which was first a novel and then a classic stage play, finds Radcliffe as a young lawyer visiting a remote village where he investigates how residents are terrorized by the ghost of a vengeful woman. It made $21 million at the box office.
Slipping from last week's top spot was The Grey, a Liam Neeson drama about plane crash survivors in Alaska fending off hungry wolves, which took in $9.5 million.
The adventure thriller came just ahead of another Alaska-set film Big Miracle, this one a feel-good animal flick starring Drew Barrymore helping to save a family of gray whales, which made $8.4 million.
Underworld 4: Awakening, the latest take in the series about the exploits of a woman vampire warrior, dropped to the fifth spot, starring Kate Beckinsale and pulling in $5.6 million.
In sixth was Katherine Heigl comedy One for the Money that chalked up $5.2 million in its second weekend. In seventh was Red Tails recounting the heroic World War II deeds of black Tuskegee Airmen pilots, with $5 million.
The Descendants took the eighth spot with $4.6 million, with the George Clooney family drama maintaining a surge in ticket sales in its 12th week in theaters after being nominated for best picture, best director and best actor for the upcoming Oscars.
Thriller Man on a Ledge was ninth, netting $4.4 million on its second weekend in theaters, ahead of the Tom Hanks-Sandra Bullock starring film telling the story of family impacted by the 9/11 attacks, starring Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which made $3.9 million.