Sometimes winning isn’t everything, as evidenced by “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Despite securing first place at the box office this weekend, the third entry in the “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise exited the weekend with a mere $24.5 million to its name, hardly scratching the surface of the fantasy film’s reported $155 million production budget.
But before “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” can be considered an overall failure, one needs to examine the film’s foreign box-office intake. The movie earned $81 million from international showings, resulting in a worldwide total of $105.5 million. Still not an excellent reward for its opening weekend — and likely not one that can justify continued entries in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series all by itself — but it’s a significantly less shabby result compared to the film’s domestic performance.
As a franchise film, “Dawn Treader” may have entered the weekend frame with a bit of an advantage, but that’s hardly a justification for the poor performance of “The Tourist,” the Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp-starring Venice-set thriller that earned a mere $17 million in second place at the box office this weekend. Star power clearly isn’t the problem here, as Jolie and Depp’s names are proven commodities at the box office. But perhaps even their combined weight couldn’t outmatch the overwhelmingly negative reviews lobbed in the film’s direction. Unlike “Chronicles,” foreign numbers won’t save “The Tourist,” as the movie only earned $8 million in international locations this weekend.
The rest of the weekend’s top five performers played out predictably. “Tangled” bested “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ once again in a race for third place, while Tony Scott’s “Unstoppable”
continued to live up to its name with a fifth-place finish.
Major kudos to Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman’s “Black Swan,” which secured a $3.3 million sixth-place finish despite playing in only 90 theaters nationwide. Similarly, “The Fighter” bowed in four theaters this weekend and managed the weekend’s best per theater average at $80,000 a pop.
The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” ($24.5
#2 “The Tourist” ($17 million)
#3 “Tangled” ($14.5 million)
#4 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ ($8.5 million)
#5 “Unstoppable” ($3.8 million)
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