It was a pretty bland weekend at the box office considering that two big studio releases opened. Despite the built in audience for Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the mega-watt star power of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in The Tourist, neither of the films managed to make much of a splash. Both came in under the low end of their respective projected estimates.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader won the weekend with a relatively low take of $24.5M. This is far below the other films in the franchise. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe made $65.6M in its opening weekend, and Prince Caspian made $55M in the same time frame.
The film has a reported budget between $140 and $150M, which seems rather daunting to recoup at this point. Fortunately, the film fared better overseas, grossing over $67M, bringing its total to $81M.
The Tourist was troubled by bad reviews, but many still thought the film would benefit from its star power. However, the film made a measly $17M. Disney’s Tangled only dropped around 33%, earning an additional $14.6M for third place. The film has now made $115M to date.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows dropped almost 50%, making $8.5M. Its four week total stands at $257M, good enough for placing number six on the highest grossing films of 2010. Unstoppable was the number five movie this weekend. Playing on over 2,900 screens, the film grossed about $3.75M.
Compare that to Black Swan, which is still in limited release. The film played on only 90 screens, yet grossed almost as much as Unstoppable. It earned $3.3M, and goes into wider release next weekend.
The Fighter also made a splash. The film opened on only four screens, but earned $80,000 per screen. That bodes well for when the film expands next weekend.