Friday Report: Third 'Narnia' Flounders, 'Tourist' Doesn't Sizzle
by Brandon Gray
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
December 11, 2010
On Friday, few journeyed back to Narnia and few sparks were set off by two hot stars' coupling. Top Ten business was a touch higher than the same Friday last year but still continued the tepidness of this holiday season.
The Tourist fared relatively better than Narnia, packing an estimated $6.1 million on around 3,400 screens at 2,756 locations. That was stronger than Duplicity, a bit better than Killers and a bit less than Knight & Day's first Friday, among comparable titles, but was far less than many recent pictures from stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
Should Voyage of the Dawn Treader follow a similar pattern as its predecessors, its opening weekend would come in at around $23.5 million, while The Tourist is looking at over $18 million. Both Narnia and Tourist will attempt to save face over the the usually bustling Christmas-to-New-Year's period.
In third place, Tangled maintained much of its sheen, dipping 34 percent to an estimated $3.4 million. With a $104.5 million tally in 17 days, Tangled has surpassed the final gross of Walt Disney Pictures' previous princess movie, The Princess and the Frog.
In limited release, Black Swan made waves again, grossing just under $1 million at only 90 locations and ranking eighth for the day. The ballet thriller blew past Up in the Air's expansion on the same weekend last year, and all recent limited releases have seemed to pale in comparison, including The King's Speech and The Fighter (which opened solidly with nearly $100,000 at four locations). Black Swan's tally rose to $3.3 million in eight days, and it's scheduled to reach nationwide release on Dec. 22.