According to studio estimates, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is on pace for $24.5 million. The franchise is certainly going in the wrong direction when it comes to grosses. The original debuted to $65 million in 2005 and 2008's sequel snagged $55 million. This opening is a crippling blow to the Narnia series.
Despite boasting the considerable star power of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, The Tourist is on pace for only $17 million. 2010 is not a good year for star vehicles that mix action and romance. Both Knight and Day and Killers also failed domestically.
Oscar contenders are doing quite well this weekend. Fox Searchlight's Black Swan going to rake in $3.33 million. That's very impressive considering that the ballet thriller is playing at only 90 locations. Darren Aronofsky's latest should continue to do well as it expands to a wide release in the weeks to come.
The Fighter is headed for $320,000. That gives it a location average of $80,000, which falls short of The King Speech's current 2010 record of $88,885.
Overall receipts totaled $94 million, and that's a 3.1% drop from the same weekend last year. 2010's total domestic haul is currently $9.90 billion, which is still enough to put it 1.4% ahead of 2009 at the same point in the year.
Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.