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The Reject Report of the Dawn Treader

The Reject ReportAnother week, another fun for the whole family flick that entertains as well as allows you to dissect the nature of humanity amidst the tribulations of life. And that’s the one starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. The other one is the third in the Chronicles of Narnia saga, and it’s got an awesome, CGed lion the roars with Liam Neeson’s voice. We think it might have the edge this weekend. You just don’t say no to Qui-Gon Jinn.

BIG HITTERS

The first Chronicles of Narnia film; the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was a monster hit in December 2005. It grossed$745 million worldwide, and it appeared Disney had their own Harry Potter-like franchise in their grasp. Then Prince Caspian hit and only pulled in $419 million worldwide, not exactly a dud, but nowhere near what the studio was aiming for. Needless to say, they dropped the property, Fox picked it up, and now we have The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The first smart move Fox made with Dawn Treader was in its release date. Prince Caspian opened in May, and the nonstop barrage of Summer blockbusters was a deciding factor in the film not having much longevity. With Dawn Treader, the Narnia series returns to December. Make no bones about it. This film is going to have a huge opening. The first film opened with $65.5 million, while Prince Caspian opened to $55 million. There’s no telling if much stigma from the second film is being carried over. It’s a possibility, but there won’t be enough ill will towards the series to keep Dawn Treader from opening in the low to mid $50-million range.

Oh, did I mention it’s in 3-D? Well it is. This trailer tells me so. It also tells me Tilda Swinton is immortal, not necessarily a bad thing:

Finally, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are in the same movie. It’s about time those two cute kids got together. The Tourist, the first American film from The Lives of Others‘ director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Flo-Flo to his friends), looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. Depp plays goofy. Jolie plays sexy. Of course, outside of the two leads, the film doesn’t seem to have much selling it, but that probably won’t be an issue here. Both stars have proven they can open a film pretty much on name value alone. Jolie opened Salt to $36 million, and that film didn’t have much backing it aside from her. Depp isn’t quite as adept at having his name push a film by itself. Much of his opening weekend successes have had other factors (either franchises with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Tim “Good Film/Bad Film” Burton) driving their numbers. Nonetheless, The Tourist seems likely to open in the high $20 millions, and could even slip up and over the $30-million mark.

Witness some of that fun right here with the trailer for The Tourist. It’s also got Muse playing in the background, never a bad thing when trying to sell an exciting movie:

FAMILIARITIES

The Harry vs. Hairy debate will have to move down the charts a bit to make room for the new kids on the block. Deathly Hallows and Tangled will surely come in at the #3 and #4 spots, though it’s anyone’s guess at this point who will fit in where.

Both Black Swan and I Love You, Phillip Morris had decent per screen averages in their limited release last weekend. They both go through an expansion now, with Black Swan opening in 72 additional markets where it wasn’t present before. Neither film will probably be getting a big enough expansion to creep into the top 10, but it wouldn’t be that big of a surprise if Aronofsky’s film touches up against the #10 spot.

LITTLE OPENERS

Mark Wahlberg boxes and Christian Bale gets cracked out in The Fighter this weekend. The film was directed by David O. Russell, and, between his on-set antics and how heated we all know Bale can get, it’s kind of surprising more stories didn’t come out of the making of this film. Nonetheless, The Fighter is getting some major buzz for Bale, Amy Adams and for the film itself. See the film this weekend, and sit back and await the ensuing viral video that shows Bale screaming at Russell for an hour. That would be priceless. The Fighter opens in select cities.

Are you a professional or not? Oh, good for you! Well check out the trailer for The Fighter right here, because it’s f***ing useless now:

John Wells makes his feature film debut with The Company Men, and, with the cast he has present, I’m frankly shocked it isn’t getting a bigger initial roll-out. Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Kevin Costner evidently aren’t major box office draws, especially when you’re dealing with a subject matter as depressing as the current, economic crisis. The Weinstein Company seems to be getting this one out just in time for Oscar consideration, and, judging by Neil’s Sundance review, it could very well do just that. The Company Men lose their jobs for one week only starting this weekend in New York and L.A.

Downsize yourself and get fired up (not even sure how both those things are possible) by checking out the trailer for The Company Men right here:

Also in limited release are The Tempest, Julie Taymor’s latest adaptation of a Shakespearean work, opening in New York, L.A., and San Francisco; Hemingway’s Garden of Eden based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway opening in select cities; Frankie & Alice, starring Halle Barry as a woman with multiple personalities, opening in L.A.; and the Steven Soderbergh-directed And Everything is Going Fine, a filmed one-man show from Spalding Gray, opening at the IFC Center in New York City.

Here’s how the top 10 is shaping up this weekend:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – $52.8m NEW
  2. The Tourist – $27.7m NEW
  3. Tangled – $10.6M (-52.2%)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – $6.4m (-61.8%)
  5. Unstoppable – $3.2m (-45%)
  6. Burlesque – $3.1m (-48.5%)
  7. Love and Other Drugs – $2.9m (-47.6%)
  8. Megamind – $2.1m (-55.6%)
  9. Due Date – $2m (-50%)
  10. Faster – $1.9m (-49.9%)

These numbers constitute a $110.9-million weekend for the top 10. This is a 32.3% increase over last weekend aided by the huge numbers both Narnia and The Tourist will be bringing in. This is also a 25.4% increase from the same weekend last year when the only big opener was Invictus, which only pulled in $8.6 million. The Princess and the Frog had expanded from 2 to 3434 screens, but it was only able to make a wide release debut of $24.2 million.

We’ll be back on Sunday night to go over the numbers.

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Jeremy's been writing about movies for a good, 15 years, starting with the film review column of his high school newspaper. He stands proud as the first person in his high school to have seen (and recommend) Pulp Fiction. Jeremy went on to get a B.A. in Cinema and Photography with a minor in journalism. His experience and knowledge of film is aided by the list of 6600 films he has seen in his life (so far). Jeremy's belief is that there are no bad films, just unrealized possibilities. Except Batman and Robin. That shit was awful.

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