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The previous weekend’s top movie, Liam Neeson’s Alaska survival tale “The Grey,” slipped to No. 3 with $9.5 million, raising its domestic total to $34.6 million.

At No. 4 with an $8.5 million debut was another Alaska adventure, Universal Pictures’ family film “Big Miracle,” with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski aiming to save three whales trapped by Arctic ice.

Pop star Madonna’s drama “W.E.” had a modest opening in limited release, pulling in $45,000 in four theaters. Directed and co-written by Madonna, “W.E.” blends the real-life romance of Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and Britain’s King Edward VIII (James D’Arcy) with a fictional modern story of a Manhattan woman (Abbie Cornish) in an unhappy marriage.

Hollywood finished the first month of 2012 with strong revenues that are running well ahead of last year’s lackluster receipts. According to, domestic revenues through Sunday totaled $967.5 million, up 14 percent from the same point last year.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Chronicle,” $22 million ($13 million international).

2. “The Woman in Black,” $21 million.

3. “The Grey,” $9.5 million ($1.4 million international).

4. “Big Miracle,” $8.5 million ($300,000 international).

5. “Underworld Awakening,” $5.6 million ($11.9 million international).

6. “One for the Money,” $5.3 million.

7. “Red Tails,” $5 million.

8. “The Descendants,” $4.6 million ($11.2 million international).

9. “Man on a Ledge,” $4.5 million ($6.2 million international).

10. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” $3.9 million.

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