Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader continued to lead the daily box office on Wednesday. The fantasy sequel grossed $1.42 million for the day and has now led the daily box office for six consecutive days. Dawn Treader was down 18 percent from Tuesday, which once again represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases. Through six days of release, Dawn Treader has grossed a lackluster $28.79 million, placing the film just 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Eragon. With Disney's TRON: Legacy and Warner's Yogi Bear entering the marketplace on Friday expect Dawn Treader to experience a significant decline this weekend.
After a very nice hold on Tuesday, The Tourist lost momentum in a big way on Wednesday. The Sony release was down 22 percent from Tuesday to remain in second with $1.31 million. The Tourist cleared the $20 million mark yesterday, with the film's six-day total standing at a disappointing $20.82 million. The Tourist is still running essentially on par with Seven Pounds (the studio's pre-Christmas release back in 2008). Sony will look to turn it around this weekend with its How Do You Know, but that will be a tough task given the amount of competition it will face in the marketplace for older moviegoers (The Tourist included).
Disney's Tangled held steady in third with $0.87 million. The popular computer animated film was down 14 percent from Tuesday and down just 21 percent from last Wednesday. Tangled has now grossed a better than expected $118.14 million through 22 days and is set to clear the $120 million mark on Friday. With Tangled losing 3D screens to TRON: Legacy and Yogi Bear it is likely to take a bit of a hit this weekend, but it should rebound nicely next week as the Christmas holiday approaches.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I grossed $0.73 million to finish in fourth. Warner's fantasy sequel was down a solid 9 percent from Tuesday and down 36 percent from last Wednesday. The 27-day total for Deathly Hallows: Part I stands at $259.92 million. Deathly Hallows: Part I will have to hold up especially well during the holidays if it is to have a realistic chance of reaching the $300 million domestic milestone by the end of its run.
Black Swan continued to round out the day's unchanged top five with $0.48 million. The Oscar Hopeful for Best Picture from Fox Searchlight was essentially unchanged from its Tuesday performance, which represented the day's best daily hold for films currently in the top ten. That is another great sign for the film as it gets ready for a major theatre expansion on Friday. Through 13 days of platform release, Black Swan has grossed a very impressive $6.96 million, placing it 47 percent ahead of the pace of last year's platform start of Up in the Air.