Commentary: Five Highs – and Lows – of the Narnia Films (Part 2)

As I recently outlined (in part 1), the three Narnia films (“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) offered fans and casual viewers much to enjoy.  The story, casting and technical elements were generally good, and I’d argue that overall the films got more right than they got wrong.  Having reviewed five highlights of the Narnia trilogy, its time to take a look at the lowlights.
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Commentary: Five Highs – and Lows – of the Narnia Films (Part 1)

Its a safe bet that we won’t see any Narnia films in the near future.  And that’s too bad, because the first three films from C.S. Lewis’ best-selling books were technically-competent and generally well-executed.  In formula- and sequel-heavy Hollywood, the films were something unique, something different.  “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” each had their moments – some good and some bad.  Today we take a gander at the Narnia films’ five best elements.  Check back in a day or two for the five worst moments.

 

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Has The Magician’s Nephew been Greenlit?

Got an interesting e-mail this afternoon.  There’s a report saying that The Magician’s Nephew has just been given the greenlight.

It comes from a newspaper reporter in Colorado Springs.  I’ll e-mail some folks and try to figure out if it is official or not.  Here’s what the article says:

Regarding [The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader], despite rumors that the franchise was so toxic that Walt Disney Pictures happily passed the film to 20th Century Fox — and would be discontinued thereafter — a sequel has been greenlit. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: Get your camping tents ready for the release of The Magician’s Nephew.

Thanks to Narnia Fans Spy Louloudi the Centaur

Box Office Analysis: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Now that home video sales of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” have begun, it is not surprising that the film is still playing in only a handful of theaters.  The exception is Japan, where VDT is still in release.

That makes it a good time to take a look at the film’s box office performance.  How did VDT perform at the box office compared to its predecessor, “Prince Caspian”?

Hit the jump to find out.

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An Open Letter to 20th Century Fox

To The Powers That Be at 20th Century Fox Studios,

Fox Studios.  May I call you Fox? Fantastic Mr. Fox?  The Wonderful World of Mr. Murdock? Reynard? El Zorro*? Okay, just Fox is fine. I would like to speak to you as a friend, and I certainly hope we are. You’ve given me a lot of fun over the years. I have enjoyed many of the films you released and I was more then delighted to here that you decided to step through the wardrobe and take over the Narnia franchise after Disney left us so abruptly.

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Sunday’s Box Office Update

This past weekend marks the first in which “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” had a steep drop in the number of theaters showing the film.  In the United States, the count declined to just over 1,700 screens from the previous weekend’s 2,814.  Nevertheless, the film earned an additional $2.3 million in the US.  Internationally, “Dawn Treader” picked up $9 million from nearly 6,000 screens in 66 markets.

In total, the film’s worldwide box office stands at roughly $357 million.

The “Dawn Treader” page at Box Office Mojo can be accessed by clicking here or on the link to the right.  Here, The Hollywood Reporter also checks in with an update.

And, for good measure, more from THR on 3-D movies, theaters, and box office performance.

“Dawn Treader” Box Office Update

Through January 9, 2011, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” has earned an estimated $337.5 million worldwide, according to reports, including a weekend total of $4.75 million in the United States and a debut weekend of $5.1 million in China.

The US haul was good enough for 11th place, down six spots from New Years weekend.

The current domestic total is an estimated $94.7 million, with $242.5 million contributed from non-US markets.  VDT has yet to open in Venezuela (February 4) or Japan (February 25).

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NarniaFans Review: “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

Hard to believe that just two years ago, the future of the Narnia franchise was in doubt.  In an utterly classless move, Disney announced on Christmas Eve 2008 that it would no longer co-produce films based on the best-selling novels written by C.S. Lewis.  A much happier holiday for fans awaited one month later, however, when Walden Media announced a partnership with 20th Century Fox to bring the third book, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” to the silver screen.

So how did the studios do?

Overall, not bad – not bad at all.  My mostly spoiler-free review follows.

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More Box Office Coverage

The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Business Blog has just posted this week’s Flixter Bullseye:

So, what does this mean?  And what does the Los Angeles Times have to say about VDT’s budget, marketing, and box office?

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VDT News of All Kinds [*Major Updates]

Fresh off of Tuesday’s premiere in London of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, we have several links to stories of interest.

Which country will give moviegoers a four-dimensional experience?  What are the latest box office rumblings?

And what film clips have been released?

Continue reading to find out.

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