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Posted at 7:10 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Weekend box office: 'Chronicles of Narnia,' 'Tourist' lead weak box office

By Jen Chaney

Georgie Henley and Aslan, on top of the box office in "Voyage of the Dawn Treader." (Phil Bray)

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" was the No. 1 movie at the box office, but made only a so-so amount of money; audiences collectively said "eh" to Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie; and overall, since business was down by 5 percent compared with this time last year, there wasn't much to be excited about regarding ticket sales.

Unless, of course, you happen to be Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman or anyone else involved with "Black Swan."

We've got the details -- and the full list of the weekend's top 10 films -- in this week's box office rundown.

"Voyage of the Dawn Treader" earned $24.5 million over the weekend, enough to easily clinch the top spot but not enough to immediately vault the third "Narnia" movie to blockbuster status. (I assume this means that neither Samburg nor Parnell opted to see this "Chronic -- what? -- cles of Narnia.")

Both of the previous "Narnia" movies had much stronger openings; "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" made $65.5 million in its debut back in 2005, while "Prince Caspian" collected $55 million during its first weekend in theaters. Interest in Aslan, at least as a movie franchise, apparently is fading.

Or at least it's fading in North America. According to figures from Box Office Mojo, "Narnia" earned $81 million overseas, cash that got the film a little closer to recouping its $155 million production budget.

As previously discussed here in Celebritology, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp couldn't fully capture anyone's attention at the multiplex, either. Their poorly reviewed Euro-thriller "The Tourist" brought in $17 million, not the kind of number one would expect from two of the biggest movie stars in the world.

To put that in perspective, even Depp's "Secret Window" -- hardly one of his buzzier projects -- made more money in its opening weekend. Of course, all will be right again in terms of Depp's bankability once the next "Pirates" adventure rolls into theaters in 2011. As for Jolie, perhaps it's time for her to more definitively nail down plans for "Salt 2"? (As for the rest of the weekend's top five, it included: "Tangled," ($14.5 million) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" ($8.5 million) and "Unstoppable" ($3.7 million).

Then there's "Black Swan," which is playing in only 90 theaters but managed to make $3.3 million and land in sixth place. The ballerina-goes-bats tale has already earned $5.6 million and will undoubtedly add to that tally as it rolls out in more theaters and continues generating buzz on the awards season circuit.

Also on the smaller-scale side of things, "The Fighter" is already showing real promise; on just four screens, it made $320,000, for a per-screen average of $80,000. We'll see if the interest translates into even bigger bucks when the Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale drama releases more widely next weekend.

Speaking of next weekend, several new movies will attempt to unseat "Narnia." Can "How Do You Know" do it? Or is "Tron Legacy" -- and its pricey 3-D tickets -- a lock for top flick? Vote in our poll and make your prediction.

By Jen Chaney  | December 13, 2010; 7:10 AM ET
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Weekend Box Office  
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It is not a series that is closely followed---A mildred hubble movie would have done better business.

Posted by: CultureClub | December 13, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising to me that "The Tourist" did not do well on its opening weekend. Celebrity is a two-edged sword. Once one becomes an A-list megastar the "big star" persona tends to trump any actual performance no matter how talented, plus the fact that many of today's megastars are way overexposed. Too bad.

Posted by: Artisan1 | December 17, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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