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‘Narnia’ roars to the top of the box office

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film based on the C.S. Lewis books, opened as the top weekend movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters, taking in $24.5 million in ticket sales for News Corp.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film based on the C.S. Lewis books, opened as the top weekend movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters, taking in $24.5 million in ticket sales for News Corp.

“The Tourist,” a thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, finished second in its debut weekend with $17 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said yesterday.

The first two “Narnia” films generated $1.17 billion in worldwide ticket sales for Disney, according to researcher Box Office Mojo. Producer Walden Media moved the franchise to News Corp.’s Fox after the second, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” took in $420 million globally, down from $745 million in sales for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

“The Tourist,” from Sony Pictures Entertainment, stars Depp as a vacationing math teacher who becomes embroiled in a Scotland Yard investigation after meeting a mysterious woman, played by Jolie.

Among returning films, Disney’s “Tangled” dropped to third from first with $14.6 million. The computer-animated film tells the story of Rapunzel, a girl whose magical hair is 70 feet long. Locked away in a tower, she is freed by a charming bandit. Mandy Moore provides the voice of Rapunzel.

 
 
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