It was a very close race for first between The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist on Tuesday.

‘Dawn Treader’ Holds off ‘Tourist’ on Tuesday

on December 15, 2010 by Daniel Garris
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader led the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday. Fox's big-budget fantasy sequel grossed $1.73 million, which outpaced Sony's The Tourist by a slim $52,156 for the day. Dawn Treader was up a respectable 5 percent over Monday, but that represented the day's weakest daily hold among wide releases. Despite the addition of higher priced 3D tickets, Dawn Treader is performing significantly weaker than each of the previous two Narnia films. With a five-day gross of $27.37 million, Dawn Treader is running a massive 63 percent behind the pace of 2005's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Instead, Dawn Treader is performing more in line with the $26.76 million five-day start of 2006's Eragon.

The Tourist finished in a very close second place with $1.68 million. The action-thriller was up a healthy 23 percent over Monday, though strong first Tuesday holds are commonplace for films that skew both towards female and older audiences. With a five-day start of $19.51 million The Tourist is off to a disappointing start of its own, especially when considering the combined drawing power of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Furthermore, strong holiday holding power is by no means guaranteed for the film given the number of new wide releases entering the marketplace over the next ten days.

Disney's Tangled held steady in third place with $1.00 million. The crowd pleasing computer animated film was up 15 percent over Monday and down only 20 percent from last Tuesday. While Tangled has displayed strong holding power this week, the film is likely to take a bit of a hit this coming weekend from losing 3D screens to both fellow Disney release TRON: Legacy and Warner's Yogi Bear. However, it should rebound nicely after the weekend as the Christmas holiday approaches. The three-week total for Tangled stands at a better than expected $117.27 million.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I remained in fourth place with $0.80 million. The seventh installment of Warner's fantasy franchise was up 11 percent from Monday and down 37 percent from last Tuesday. Deathly Hallows: Part I has grossed $259.20 million through 26 days of release, placing it 5.6 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Fox Searchlight's Black Swan rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.48 million. The Golden Globe nominee for Best Drama was up 12 percent over Monday. Black Swan continues to perform very impressively in platform release as it earned a per-location average of $5,288 from 90 locations yesterday. Black Swan has grossed $6.49 million through twelve days of platform release and is scheduled for a major theatre expansion on Friday.

On the heels of receiving seven Golden Globe nominations, The King's Speech was up 31 percent over Monday to gross $84,654 on Tuesday. The Weinstein Company release earned a daily per-location average of $4,455 from 19 locations. The film's 19-day platform start stands at $1.67 million.

Tags: The King's Speech, Black Swan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Tangled, The Tourist, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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