Box Office: More Movie Tourists Prefer Visiting Narnia

Angelina Jolie may have Johnny Depp beguiled, but it was the boys and girls and talking creatures of Narnia that drew in most of the visitors over the weekend, as “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, the third installment in the “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise took first place over Depp and Jolie’s “The Tourist”. “Dawn Treader” opened in first place with an easy victory, taking in an estimated $24.5 million, beating out “The Tourist” in second place with $17 million. It looks like “The Tourist” will have a lot of catching up to do; the film has a bloated $100 million dollar budget (pure Hollywood excess at its finest), and I don’t see it doing any better in the coming weeks.

Opening in limited release (aka qualifying for Oscar consideration) were David O. Russell’s boxing drama “The Fighter” and Julie Taymor’s latest Shakespeare adaptation, “The Tempest”. Since both films had such limited screenings, their placement on the box office list is irrelevant.

Meanwhile, Last week’s #1, the animated “Tangled” dropped to third place, adding another $14.5 million to its coffers, and giving it $115.6 million so far in the States and $160 total worldwide after three weeks of release. The boys and girls of Hogwarts fell to fourth place in their fourth week, giving “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” $257.6 million Stateside, and a whopping $727 million in total worldwide box office. Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” has added additional screenings, enough to help it bust into the Top 10. The supernatural ballet movie takes the sixth spot with another healthy $37,022 per screen average. It has earned $5.6 million so far, and still has the bulk of its wide releases waiting in the wings.

1 —–The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader —–$24,500,00—–$24,500,000
2 —–The Tourist —–$17,000,000—–$17,000,000
3 —–Tangled —–$14,559,000 —– $115,623,000
4 —–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 —–$8,500,000—–$257,688,000
5 —– Unstoppable —–$3,750,000 —–$74,272,000
6 —–Black Swan —–$3,332,000—– $5,611,000
7 —–Burlesque —–$3,200,000 —– $32,574,000
8 —–Love and Other Drugs —–$3,000,000—– $27,648,000
9 —–Due Date —–$2,545,000—–$94,884,000
10 —–Megamind—–$2,510,000 —– $140,202,000