BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader’ Debuts with $24.5 Million

The ‘Tourist’ has a decent opening with $17 million, while ‘Tangled’ and ‘Harry Potter’ both slip two places from last week.


Last week, Disney's new animated film, Tangled was able to unseat the reigning champ, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, after two weeks at the top of the charts. But with two highly anticipated new movies entering the box office race including, the third chapter of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader and new drama thriller, The Tourist starring Oscar nominee Johnny Depp and Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, will the Rapunzel film be able to come out on top for a second week in a row?

Debuting at number one this week is the third chapter of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. The film follows the adventures of Pevensie children as they make their third trip to the magical land of Narnia. The film stars Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Bill Nighy, Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson). The movie made $6,892 on each of its 3,555 screens for an opening weekend total of about $24.5 million.

Debuting at number two is week is the new drama thriller, The Tourist. The movie stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) and Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), as well as Timothy Dalton (Toy Story 3) and Rufus Sewell (Amazing Grace). The movie made $6,168 on each of its 2,756 screens for an opening weekend total of about $17 million.

Falling two places from last week to number three is Tangled, the 50th animated feature film from Walt Disney Pictures, based on the classic "Rapunzel" fairy tale. The movie stars a talented cast of voice actors including Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Donna Murphy (Star Trek: Insurrection), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). While the movie dropped 32.6% last week from the week before, it was shown on 3,565 screens, earning $4,084 on each screen for a weekend total of about $14.5 million. In just three weeks the movie has earned around $115.6 million, which is not even half of its purported $260 million budget.

Falling two spots from last week to number four is the long awaited final chapter of the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. The film features returning stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans. While the movie dropped 50.1% last week from the week before, it was shown on 3,577 screens, earning $2,376 on each screen for a weekend total of about $8.5 million. In just three weeks the movie has earned around $257.6 million, which already places it 55th on the all-time highest grossing domestic movies list.

Finally, rounding off the top five this week and slipping one place from last week to number five is the Tony Scott action movie Unstoppable. The movie stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee and Kevin Dunn. While the movie dropped 37.2% from last week from the week before, it was shown on 2,967 screens, earning $1,264 on each screen for a weekend total of about $3.7 million. In five weeks the movie has earned around $74.2 million, which is close to earning back its purported $100 million budget.

Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the new film from The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky called Black Swan, which examines the competitive world of ballet. The movie is already earning Oscar buzz for its lead actress, Natalie Portman (Garden State), and also stars Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli), Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Twelve) and Barbara Hershey (Beaches). The movie made a whopping $37,022 on each of its 90 screens for a second weekend total of $3.3 million.

Also doing well in limited release is the Oscar bait, The King's Speech. The film stars Colin Firth (Bridget Jones's Diary), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Guy Pearce (Memento), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl) and Michael Gambon (Layer Cake). The movie jumped up 82.3% from last week, since it was added in 13 theaters for a total of 19 and made $31,158 on each for a total of $592,000.

Next week will see the holiday season heat up with three highly anticipated new films in wide release and three in limited release.

First up in wide release is the sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 film, Tron, Tron: Legacy. The film picks up twenty-eight years after the first movie and stars the originals two leads Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), as well as Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), James Frain (True Blood) and Beau Garrett (Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer).

Also opening in wide release next week is the live-action version of the classic cartoon Yogi Bear. The movie stars the voice talent of Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers) and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network).

Finally, opening in wide release next week is the new comedy from Broadcast News director James L. Brooks called How Do You Know. The film stars an all-star cast, which includes Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man), Owen Wilson (Behind Enemy Lines) and three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets).

Opening in limited release next week is Casino Jack, which is based on the true story disgraced lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff. The film is directed by the late George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) and stars two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Barry Pepper (The 25th Hour), Jon Lovitz (Happiness) and Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire).

Also in limited release next week is the new film Rabbit Hole, which stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (Parenthood) and Sandra Oh (Sideways).

Finally, opening in limited release next week is Frankie & Alice. The movie stars Oscar winner Halle Berry (Catwoman), Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting), Matt Frewer (Watchmen) and Phylicia Rashad (For Colored Girls). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was released December 10th, 2010 and stars Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter, Bill Nighy, Gary Sweet, Arthur Angel, Tony Nixon. The film is directed by Michael Apted.

Tangled was released November 24th, 2010 and stars Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ronny Pearlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins. The film is directed by Nathan Greno, Byron Howard.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 was released November 19th, 2010 and stars Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Harry Melling, Daniel Radcliffe, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Rupert Grint. The film is directed by David Yates.

Tron: Legacy was released December 17th, 2010 and stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen, Anis Cheurfa. The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Josh

    Regardless, it has more than made back its budget after one week in theatres, so if it has legs over Christmas, it could still be considered a success. There isn't much coming out to compete with it after Tron for a few weeks.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. slysnide

    $24.5mil for "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" in the US? The $112mil total globally makes it overall sound like a better intake. Plus, taking into account the hundred million dollar budget, or around there, then around a $12mil net profit still sounds underperforming for a "Narnia" film, considering the fanbase.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  3. CBF

    "Experts predicted Dawn Treader would earn $28 million during its opening weekend. However, on its first day yesterday, the film's earnings totaled only $9 million, far from what is needed to reach that prediction. The fate of the Narnia film series rests on the success of this film." Source: (An official Narnian site)

    Exactly. End of story. If you don't want to talk box office numbers, and are confused that this thread is solely about talking box office numbers, then don't come on the Box Office Predictions articles.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  4. Diaigma

    You're really raving about this movie even though you gave it a B-, @Cell :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  5. CelluloidDreams

    Well a big factor in low box offices numbers....

    1) Almost all of the marketing for the movie said the movie is "Coming to theaters THIS CHRISTMAS." That means that a lot people don't even know the movie is out; they think it's not out till Christmas!

    2) A large part of the Northeast is covered in snow/storms, meaning people can't get to the theaters to watch the movie.!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    The worldwide total of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader so far is approximately $105.5 million.

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. CelluloidDreams

    ..I still wish we had some box office numbers on: "I Love You Phillip Morris"!!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  8. CelluloidDreams

    "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader" was better than the "Harry Potter"!

    I believe (just like with the "Twilight" filsm etc!) these are fan based alone ...people who have read and loved the books ...and for others now discovering the books through the films!

    I would give "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader" a B- .... This third film in the Narnia series is a great improvement on the last and by far the best yet.

    Also Narnia is a seven-book series, I'm quite worried how it will end up in the final film(even though some of the installments don't include the Pevensies). Let's just hope they have no problem encountering this situation.

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. Diaigma

    Oh no. It needed a Thanksgiving release. That alone will help immensely, and it broke the pre-Thanksgiving day record, so that's something. I'm not too worry. It will have a nice long run and get its budget back, but doubling it (520 million) is going to be an upward battle.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  10. Worth5Bucks

    most definitely. I actually wish tangled was a december release. That way theyd have a lot of control going into the new year. Because tron will take tangled away from 3d now. That will take it out of a lot of theaters.

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  11. Diaigma

    I think that's the main reason why December numbers are real low this year.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  12. Worth5Bucks

    @Diagma unfortunately im almost broke from christmas and i cant afford to see it again.

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  13. Diaigma

    No need, @Worth5Bucks - Tangled will be 200 million by the weekend. It's sure to at least get its budget back before December is out, and I'm planning on seeing it again this week.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  14. Worth5Bucks

    'feels bad for tangled.'

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  15. Justhim_sir

    I think Tron is going to do numbers as long as the parents didn't spend all their money for chrismas, i believe Tron could hit 50 mil like Harry Potter and Tangled.

    4 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  16. Justhim_sir

    Well I say for the superman return trailer somewhat killed my intrest in wanting to see it, him getting shot in the eye, lex lutor being the main villian, and i watch the movie and found out he has a kid, if they would had did that with i just would hate everybody who work on that movie.

    4 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  17. Lane

    I love how people use movie "statistics" and box-office numbers to equate the quality of a movie. How many movies, or movie series, do you know of that have made money but were ultimately bad (the Star Wars prequels and SAW movies are mainly what comes to mind)? I think Diaigma pretty much proved everyone wrong with the mere mention of how well the Twilight series is still doing. But I guess since its "making money," there's no dying interest.

    Believe it or not, Hollywood and the studios are the only ones who care how much money they make. I'm going to repeat this as I did on the last article for everyone to hear: Prince Caspian had a bigger production budget AND made MORE MONEY than Superman Returns, and just like that film, did not make its money back. Just as their wasn't a dying interest for Superman, there is not a "dying interest" for this series. This idea that box-office numbers determine the quality of a film/film series is ridiculous.

    @Josh: I know we haven't agreed on a lot but when I do agree with you, I do so whole-heartedly.

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  18. Lane

    So far its total gross is past the 100 million dollar mark. Narnia did great internationally with 81 million! At a production budget of a hundred and forty million, this film should soar easily through the holiday season. Things look to be off to a good start. :)

    I'm really hoping this franchise continues. ^_^

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  19. JonSpidey07

    dude have you been paying attention?
    we've had a better fall/winter lineup than this summer

    4 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  20. Emmytt

    @shuabert right....

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  21. Emmytt

    @diaigma hmmmmmmmm

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  22. Josh

    @emmytt: Except it wasn't a bad movie.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  23. Diaigma

    Not as mush as Twilight films, apparently, @Emmytt :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  24. Emmytt

    people love watching bad movies like narnia 3

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  25. moviegeek

    @Ottley The record for December is only 77 million. I don't see it amassing that huge of an opening, especially since the buzz isn't electric.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  26. Jay.A.Ottley

    Ahhhh, I don't see see 60 - 65 million i see more for Tron

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  27. moviegeek

    Hehe, I wasn't alone I see :D

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  28. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek1 well at least they were nominated for best visual effects lol :P

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  29. moviegeek

    Sigh :(

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  30. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek1 lol to me they looked cartoony

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

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