“Narnia” Trumps “Tourist” in Box-Office Battle

The_Voyage_Of_The_Dawn_Treader_posterThe Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” opened atop the box office in a lethargic weekend that saw Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp’s combined star power fail to pull people into cinemas.

“Dawn Treader,” the third film in the “Narnia” series, took an unimpressive $24 million to lead the Jolie-Depp romantic thriller “The Tourist,” which could muster only $16.5 million despite the proven box-office power of its two lead stars. With the slow opening, “Dawn Treader” must now pin its hope on the international market and the usually strong Christmas-New Year period to recoup its production cost of $140 million. “The Tourist” is also in for a long trek up for it to at least recover its $100-million tab.

Meanwhile, Disney’s updated version of the Rapunzel story, “Tangled,” continued to perform well, adding $14.3 million to raise its three-week total domestic gross to $115.4 million and hold the number three spot at the box office. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” took fourth place with $8.5 million for a 24-day take of $257.7 million. Denzel Washington’s action-thriller “Unstoppable” rounded out the top five with $3.7 million.