The low budget movie “Chronicle” won the box office this weekend. The story of a group of unknown kids with superpowers has nudged the world's most famous teen wizard out of the top slot.
"Chronicle," with a cast of unknowns as youths who gain telekinetic abilities, debuted as No. 1 with $22 million.
Sunday studio estimates put "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe's ghost story "The Woman in Black" just behind with a $21 million opening.
Both movies packed in solid teen and early-20s crowds, Hollywood's bread-and-butter demographic that had been giving movies a pass during a box-office slump late last year.
Hollywood finished the first month of 2012 with strong revenues that are running well ahead of last year's lackluster receipts.
The previous weekend's top movie, Liam Neeson's "The Grey," slipped to No. 3 with $9.5 million.