According to Boxoffice.com's Early Weekend Estimates, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is on pace for $25 million after bringing in an estimate $8.2 million on Friday. 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 debut is a crippling blow to the fantasy series.
Despite boasting the considerable star power of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, The Tourist is on pace for only $18 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 is on pace for $3.3 million after pulling in $987,045 on Friday. 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 was able to snag $99,000 from only four locations on Friday, which means that the Paramount/Relativity release could end up with $350,000 this weekend. That would give it a location average of $87,500, which would fall short of The King Speech's current 2010 record of $88,885.
Check back tomorrow for studio weekend estimates.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.