Narnia: Dawn Treader is No. 1 at the Box Office

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Despite the industry thinking it would debut with about $30 to $40 million, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox Walden) instead opened to an estimated $24.5 million from 3,555 domestic theaters, an average of $6,892 per location. The opening is quite a drop from the first two films – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe opened with $66 million on its way to $292 million domestically (it made $453 million internationally) and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian took in $55 million its first three days on its way to a total of $142 million ($278 million internationally). Directed by Michael Apted, the third installment is performing better overseas, having earned $81 million in 85 countries. Starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter and Liam Neeson, the $155 million-budgeted film has brought in $105.5 million worldwide.

Columbia Pictures’ The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, also opened below expectations. The thriller made an estimated $17 million from 2,756 theaters and averaged $6,168 per location. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the film cost $100 million to make and will most likely perform better overseas as well.

Disney’s Tangled dropped two spots to third with another $14.6 million its third weekend. The animated hit has earned $115.6 million so far domestically. Internationally, Tangled added $21 million from 17 markets to take its foreign gross to $76.5 million and worldwide total to $192.1 million.

In its fourth weekend and in fourth place, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 collected $8.5 million and has reached $257.7 million in North America. “Deathly Hallows” earned $30.2 million this weekend from 64 international markets. The foreign total stands at $520.3 million and the worldwide sum has reached $777.99 million.

Tony Scott’s Unstoppable rounded out the top five with $3.8 million. The $100 million action thriller has brought in $74.3 million after five weeks.

Fox Searchlight expanded Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan into 90 theaters where the Natalie Portman-starrer earned $3.3 million. That’s an impressive average of $37,022 per theater.

David O. Russell’s The Fighter also impressed earning $320,000 from just four theaters. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, the drama averaged $80,000 per site.

Julie Taymor’s The Tempest opened in five theaters where it made $45,000 and averaged $9,000.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.

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