The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (and I thought the latest Potter film had a long title) and The Tourist are the new movies opening wide this weekend at the box office. So, can the 3rd journey to Narnia take the number one spot or will Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp have something to say in that regard, right after the break.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been a long time coming and there was a time when there were serious doubts we would even see this 3rd entry in the C.S. Lewis adapted series. When Disney dropped Narnia because Prince Caspian failed to deliver on the level of their expectations ($419 million worldwide on a $225 million budget compared to the first movie that made $745 million on a $180 million budget), Walden Media (owners of the Narnia movie franchise) found a new home for Voyage of the Dawn Treader at 20th Century Fox. Fox cut the budget to $150 million, moved the production to Australia where it was filmed from July to November 2009 and later, in February 2010, decided to convert it to 3D because of the success of Avatar with the format. Coming out in 3555 theaters The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has a real shot at glory, maybe not on the same level as the first movie in the series but probably still enough to get a 4th one off the ground. I’m expecting $41 million for Narnia 3 and with the help of the upcoming holiday weekends it should grab more money then Prince Caspian in North America ($141.6 million).
On to the next flick, The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, no doubt two of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now. It should be pretty clear that expectations are not low for this movie considering the cast, but is star power really enough to push a movie to box office glory in this days? Personally I’m not seeing more then $22 million for The Tourist, so no real competition for Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Sorry Mr. Depp, better luck next summer with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (not like he will need it, oh, and trailer this Monday, don’t miss it).
And we are back to holdovers once again, basically Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 because everything else is really on the down low. $14 million for Tangled and 3rd place and $9 million for Harry Potter 7 and 4th place. In 5th place we’re getting either Burlesque or Unstoppable with something between $3 and $4 million, so nothing to write home about.
Next week we take on Tron Legacy, How do you Know and Yogi Bear, it’s going to really be something considering a year ago on that same slot we got a little movie called Avatar.