Another bad weekend at the box office, a lot was expected from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist, definitely neither managed to deliver on those expectations but more after the break.
Instead of finishing somewhere around $40 million, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader only made $24 million over the weekend, very much on the low end of fantasy movies when it comes to attendance. Not all is doomed for Narnia since it did manage a decent $80 million outside North America for a worldwide of $110.8 million (including Tuesday). Considering the $155 million budget, Voyage of the Dawn Treader needs to make at least $300 million for Fox to even consider thinking about a 4th movie. So people, if you want to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair made into a movie, go see this one because otherwise Narnia is dead.
The Tourist, even with already low expectations, didn’t manage to deliver any kind of goods, $16.4 million is not something you want from a movie starring two of the biggest stars right now. This is at $26.2 million worldwide on a $100 million budget and will need a lot of good will from people during this holiday season in order to turn a profit. It seems the Foreign Press Association already gave it enough of that making The Tourist, the movie with the lowest RottenTomatoes rating (19%) to ever be nominated for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes. But one nomination wasn’t enough, it got 3, talk about mixed reception.
Tangled was 3rd, down only $33.7 million from last weekend with $14.3 million and $117.2 million in 21 days.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 (second longest movie title in this post) was 4th with $8.4 million and at $259.1 million in 24 days, it’s starting to lag behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince more and more. A worldwide tally of $781 million (in case anyone was still wondering) means Harry Potter is still a hot franchise but with the final movie coming next year, Warner is going to need a replacement very soon
5th was Unstoppable with $3.7 million while the real wonder of the weekend was Black Swan, a movie that made the top 10 while playing in only 90 theaters (compared to the 2000+ the competition has). 90 theaters and it made $3.3 million, enough for 6th place on this slow weekend.
Next up, Yogi Bear, Tron: Legacy, How do You Know, Black Swan and The Fighter going wide, this might finally start to come around.