Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader led the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day on Monday. The third installment of the fantasy franchise grossed $1.64 million, which was down 73 percent from Sunday. Though it still occupies first place at the box office, Dawn Treader is off to a disappointing four-day start of $25.64 million. That places Dawn Treader a massive 63 percent behind the pace of 2005's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (which also fell 73 percent on its first Monday). Things won't get any easier this coming weekend when Dawn Treader will face new competition for 3D screens and family audiences from both Disney's TRON: Legacy and Warner's Yogi Bear.
The Tourist claimed second place on Monday with $1.36 million. Sony's action-thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp was down 64 percent from Sunday. In general, daily holds on Monday were stronger than they were last Monday as a result of being one week closer to the Christmas holiday. Like Dawn Treader, The Tourist is off to a disappointing start in its own right with a four-day gross of $17.84 million. Thus far The Tourist is performing very similarly to the studio's Seven Pounds, which grossed $17.16 million in its first four days of release back in December of 2008.
Disney's Tangled placed in third with $0.87 million. The break-out computer animated film was down 79 percent from Sunday and down a very slim 17 percent from last Monday. Again, with the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, midweek grosses should continue to strengthen (especially for anything with family appeal). Tangled has grossed a better than expected $116.27 million through 20 days of release.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I took fourth place with $0.72 million. Warner's fantasy sequel was down 69 percent from Sunday and down 37 percent from last Monday. Deathly Hallows: Part I has grossed $258.39 million in 25 days, but is looking as though it will fail to reach the $301.96 million domestic total gross of last year's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Fox Searchlight's Black Swan continued its very impressive platform run with $0.43 million. That was good enough for fifth place for the day, despite the fact that the Darren Aronofsky directed film is playing in just 90 locations. Black Swan has grossed $6.01 million through eleven days of platform release and is scheduled for a major theatre expansion on Friday.