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New "Narnia" movie tops the box office

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The new movie from the “Narnia” chronicles topped the weekend box office. However, its $24.5 million take is the weakest of the series so far. “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is the third book in the C.S. Lewis series.

Right behind it was the other big movie opening this weekend, the Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie feature “The Tourist.” The movie is a romantic thriller as Depp playing a man in the middle of a case of mistaken identity. It earned $17 million.

Drop for fantasy series

The Narnia movie’s drop is significant when compared to the first two entries of the series. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” opened in 2005 with a weekend take of $65.6 million. In 2008 the movie “Prince Caspian” opened to $55 million.

The movie is not considered a loss, however. It also opened in other countries and it is expected to earn around $80 million worldwide for the opening weekend. The movie had a total budget of $105.5 million. As such, it is expected to earn back the money that went into it and be a box office hit for 20th Century Fox.

Another movie that had a excellent weekend was the Natalie Portman vehicle directed by Darren Arronofsky, “Black Swan.” The movie is still playing only in limited release, but that limited release was expanded this weekend. It leaped into 6th place, entering the top ten for the first time. It earned $3.3 million while playing in only 90 theaters across the country. Technically, it;s per-theater average was more than “Dawn Treader.” “Black Swan” earned an average of $37,024 per theater and “Dawn Treader” earned $6,892 in 3,555 theaters.

As for the top ten, the movie in third place was “Tangled” with $14.6 million. Number four was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” with $8.5 million. “Unstoppable” came in fifth with $3.8 million. Number seven was “Burlesque” with $3.2 million. “Love and Other Drugs” was eighth with $3 million. Number nine was “Due Date” with a take of $2.55 million. Rounding out the top ten was “Megamind” with $2.5 million.

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