‘Dawn Treader’ Makes $12.4m, Slips to Number 3

Posted December 19, 2010 6:00 pm by Tirian

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader made an estimated $12.4m in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $42.7m. Together with its foreign box office totals of $123m, the film has now made $166,420,000.

Tron took first place this weekend, making $43.6m and Yogi Bear came in second with $16.7m.

Click here to view the week 2 results at Box Office Mojo.

42 Comments For This Story

  • Lucylove says:

    I hope that’s good

    • _Lilliandil_ says:

      Haha, I can see you know about as much about BO stuff as me, but yes, it’s good! Narnia came in third, and although i think it should have came in first it’s still really close! So I am happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tribunal says:

    Wow, very weak opening for Tron Legacy considering all the money Disney spent on marketing it. Not many people going to the movies this winter, first that disastrous opening for Dawn Treader and now this. Sad really, but it looks less likely The Silver Chair will be made.

    • Daniel James says:

      Yes, I agree. If you think about it, Tron’s production budget is $170 million, and its marketing budget is between $100 and $150 million. It still has a long way to go to cover all that!
      Also, Dawn Treader is doing fantastic internationally. I read at least two reviews today saying that due to the great international numbers, a fourth Narnia movie is almost guaranteed!

      • Tribunal says:

        I’ve even heard numbers around $200 million for its production cost. If Disney was unhappy with the $55 million opening weekend of Prince Caspian I can’t imagine how disappointed they are in Tron Legacy, lol.

      • Louloudi the Centaur says:

        Of course, no wonder money hungry Disney dropped Narnia. And PC was one of Disney’s highest grossing films of the year, after WALLE. This is why Disney is getting so bad. They don’t care about the people enjoying their movies, all they care about is quick cash and teen heart throbs. The only good things now are Pixar and Phineas and Ferb.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        I am very glad they are looking at the whole gross including international and domestic to make the silver chair rather than just focusing on the domestic gross like the golden compass has!!!

      • Samuel the Magnificent says:

        You do realise right that the guy that wrote The Golden Compass wrote it because he hated Narnia and C.S. Lewis so much right?

      • stephanie says:

        The question of tron will also include how much it made overseas as well

      • Affy-Ann says:

        I’m really happy that the international sales are boosting chances for a fourth Narnia film!!! =D Keeping my hopes up. I also hope more people will watch Dawn Treader in the next weeks. Come on Aslan! โ™ฅ

      • Princess Lucy says:

        Samuel the Magnificent …i knew philip pullman hated narnia so he wrote his dark materials in contradiction to the narnia series..and therefore wouldn’t be as succesful as the narnia series..thats probably why it didn’t do well esp domestically even though it was filmed and casted well so yh ur right…but i am soo glad the studios making VDT is depending on the box office for a sequel differently to the one they did for the golden compass so yh thats a big RELIEF!!!…hopefully we will see the silver chair on the big screen ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Tribunal says:

        @Affy, here are the foreign grosses for the previous Narnia films and Dawn Treader’s current.

        LWW: $453 million
        PC: $278 million
        VDT: $123 million

        Even if Dawn Treader doubles its current foreign total it won’t match Prince Caspian and it seems very unlikely as it continues to drop every week.

      • Demor says:

        I really hope you are right Daniel. I really want them to continue. I loved VDT.

      • Anhun says:

        Could you post a link to those two reviews so some of us can get a sense of their credibility?

      • Daniel James says:

        @Anhun They’re not like that in the sense that they’re officially saying that SC will be made. It’s just that the writers of the reviews thought (in their own opinions) that there are good enough reasons to continue with making SC.

      • Gem says:

        I think it has been rather a disappointment here in the U.S., but in other countries it is doing amazing. Too bad it isn’t as popular here. I hope it’s enough to make SC, and SOON.

      • Sr.V says:

        Philip hated both Narnia, that by this fact to him, Tolkien and Lewis were
        great friends … Ridiculous compared to what you do "The gold compass and Narnia.

      • Narnia's #1 Fan! says:

        Thanks Daniel for giving me hope!!! I loved Dawn Treader far more than the others, it made me love the characters more than ever!!! Silver Chair and Last Battle her we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Gem says:

        Whoa, hold on. We still have HHB and MN to go before LB, and if SC doesn’t do as good as PC at least, we won’t see any of the three.

      • Narnian_Dreamer says:

        Gem,
        I know everyone is looking forward to HHB and MN on the big screen but I’m not sure they can make them. I remember reading a review that one of the crew members (can’t remember who) routed them because they don’t have any of the main characters from the current films. They wouldn’t really relate to these ones. ๐Ÿ™ I’m sad about that but as long as they make SC and LB I’m fine! I am glad that people believe that it will happen as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep your hopes up! For Narnia! And for Aslan!!!

      • Gem says:

        No. They will not skip from SC to LB. That would be the worst marketing decision ever. And if SC isn’t a huge success there won’t be ANY more films.
        Why does it matter that HHB and MN don’t have any of the Pevensies or other current characters as main people? They are still Narnia stories just as much as the other books. HHB is probably the easiest film to convert from page to screen, and if MN is done right it will be the most stunning visual effect movie of them all. The object this whole production is make the book series into films, and that includes ALL the books.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        dnt forget the pevensies do actuallt appear in HHB and the WW appears in MN…i think it would be good marketing because it shows pevensies time as kings and queens of narnia and the begginning of the story of the WW would also attract people..so WHY NOT make them???

    • Lyle says:

      Hate to break it to you, but Tron made more money than the next 3 films combined (Yogi, Narnia, The Fighter) in total for this weekend of its opening. It SLIGHTLY out-performed the market’s gross expectations (which was high to begin with), this means Disney is more than satisfied and will not drop the franchise. Though hopefully they will put some money on making a better storyline and editing the length for their possible sequal.

      But Tron is not VDT’s competitor so it doesn’t matter. I still have a good feeling Silver Chair will be released!

      • Tribunal says:

        Tron grossing more than the previous films is completely irrelevant, not when you consider Disney spent upwards of $150 million in the last year promoting this film and the best it can earn is $43 million. Especially since many people are dropping $18 per ticket, that is pretty underwhelming. Nice try but the future does not look good for it.

      • Anhun says:

        I don’t think I agree with you on Tron not being competition. Both are considered special effects adventures. Some of VDT’s potential audience might have wanted to see it for that reason, rather than family fun. I know some people saw LWW for the effects.

    • Gem says:

      Just remember, there are at least 25 other countries where VDT is the top movie right now and will be for a while. Besides, we still have Christmas Eve and Day and the days afterwards too. VDT will definitely get more money and attention then. I think we still have solid hope for them making SC.

  • Daniel James says:

    If you take a look at RottenTomatoes, it’s interesting to note that among top critics, Dawn Treader is at 50% approval, while Tron is at 31% approval. This is one time that I hope people take a look at the critics’ opinions and actually believe them (as in, they go see Narnia instead of Tron)!

    • Tribunal says:

      Too late for that really, don’t expect any percentage gains in the coming weeks. And both Tron Legacy and Dawn Treader are tied with all critics at 49%. Quite poor actually, especially since the first Narnia has a respectable 76%.

      • Daniel James says:

        I see future headlines…"Disney drops the TRON franchise due to the fact that it didn’t make much profit, although it was still a blockbuster…" a month later: "After a month of waiting, FOX picks up the TRON franchise." Haha.

        …I know this is pointless cause TRON doesn’t have any sequels (that I know of). ha

      • David Sutton says:

        Disney has plans for Tron 3 if this movie does well.

      • Daniel James says:

        Wait…the version from 28 years ago is Tron 1, the current one is Tron 2, and they’re planning Tron 3? I had not realized that 2 and 3 are sequels, I thought 2 was just the first one redone. Thanks for clarifying!

      • samuel says:

        Yes Daniel James, Tron Legacy is a sequal in the true sense of the word the story follows how Flynn has now been trapped in the world of tron all these years and how his son comes to find him.

        but I can believe that Tron 3 has been planned. Disney is one of the most sequel hungry studios around, I think that’s why they had pixar open up "Pixar: Canada" to make sequels unfortunately.

        Af far as SC goes, there is another reason that it might continue with the series, and the key words are "DVD box set." These days the DVD sales often make more money than than the box office and if Fox can swing a distribution deal with disney than they could make gold with a box set release of all 7 books!

    • Anhun says:

      The thing of it is, at least the Tron reviews are consistent. Pretty much everyone agrees that Tron has amazing visual effects, but "nothing happens" (i.e. no discernible plot or character development). Some people who just want to see fun special effects will see it anyway.

      Looking at the Narnia reviews, it’s impossible to make hide or hair of them. The only consensus is that it’s beautifully filmed, and that it has a weak script. Other than that, no one can agree on anything. Some people say the pacing is rushed, some say it’s brisk and exciting. Some critics like the cast, some say the acting’s terrible. The list goes on and on.

      • David Sutton says:

        Good point. I have seen Tron. The Tron Legacy storyline talks about ISOs (Virtual Disk Imaging software used to pirate video games) and calls this the greatest miracle mankind has experienced. The first Tron was more believable but the storylines were about the same quality. The music in Tron 2 was fantastic!

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        so many critics bring an anti-christian agenda to the review it’s impossible for VDT to get a fair shake. I’d say it boils down to : it’s a wonderful film to bring your family to, the book is deeper and more spiritual, and the film, on a technical level, suffers from surprisingly amaturish production values (not unforgiveable to the average viewer, though. -but surprising considering the director’s credentials). PS- what kind of music does tron use? i venture to quess "industrial" music-

      • samuel says:

        I read one review and stopped, it was such a confused review, basically bashing CS Lewis and his books and praising the movie as just a "kids movie" "for 10 years olds" and yet giving the movie 4 stars and saying that "you should go see it." I’d say the mood was almost passive-aggressive, and really didn’t make sense at all.

    • Tribunal says:

      Funny you mention the DVD sales since the disappointing DVD sales of Prince Caspian was the last straw for Disney and they dropped the franchise.

      With a lower box-office for Dawn Treader, one can only expect lower DVD sales..

      • nic says:

        Prince Caspian had a very un-Narnian dvd video cover & very generic look in general. Not at all a reflection of the film & it’s great cinematography & scenes. Without anything else, if they’d just put a shot of the meeting at the dancing Lawn(i think it is) with Caspian and the animals it would have been lots better – i’d say!

      • Anhun says:

        @nic, you have a good point about PC looking generic, but I think it’s more than the marketing and the DVD cover. When LWW came out, it was uniquely Narnian. It didn’t look or feel quite like anything anybody had ever seen before, even earlier versions of LWW. PC on the other hand, didn’t have nearly as much of that "bright Narnian magic" feel to it. The scenes that did were very few and far between. I enjoyed the PC movie (I have it on DVD), but I have to admit that it kind of felt like LOTR’s tagalong teeny-bopper cousin. People who went expecting to return to the Narnia they came to love in LWW were bitterly disappointed. That, IMO, is why the film had no legs at the box office, and why DVD sales were so bad. I also think disappointment in PC may be a factor in VDT’s poor performance.

      • nic says:

        Hi Anhun
        I’ve always found PC to have that Narnian magical feel, from when first seeing it alot over it’s cinema run. But i didn’t really get the whole story of it until i had it on dvd. I do think that the last battle extension with the underground thing & then skirmish wasn’t needed, as had already had really cool types of battles in PC and the tress to come were great & worthy of more screen time.

        But I also love the paradise lost tone in PC, whether from Miraz’s POV for the Telmarines weary ‘how many more must die for the throne!’, to the BIG one of Peter having gone sour in respect of no longer having the ‘authority’ to do good being a champion of Narnia as he did in the Golden Age of Narnia’s high Kings & Queens. He isn’t at the point of Miraz for that sort of thing, but having him, Caspian and Miraz all becoming stuck abit in a similar bog really gives the film some depth when the magic starts to happen to all their individual plot arcs. It also resonates great with Lucy & Aslan, & the White Witch with Peter & Caspian as they go onwards to their respective conclusions. And also this will be more significent when we hear of High King Peter(at the least) during the Golden Age if H&HB gets made
        -which, by the lion’s mane, i think Andrew Adamson would be a good choice to do if he does one more!

        But to the marketing & the film, plot arcs; I’m not entirely sure if this isn’t a happy unintended consequence at the time- that was meant to be – for the marketing looks like it emphasized the battle aspects of the story rather than Narnian magical aspects (magical forests, talking animals-star gazing centaurs!, aslans how, being ancient myths from the past, castles etc) as well as emphasizing story being about growing-up and not coming back to Narnia (which is really only Susan’s arc & not really the resonating problem in movie)because watching the film is all about enjoying Narnia realm! However it happened, it may be one of those films that more people grow to favor as the best narnia for certain things specific to Prince Caspian out of hopefully…an equally wondrous Narnian seven movie set:)

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        I think the main problem with the DVD sales was that they made us wait so long for it!!! Instead of four months after being in theatres it was, what- 7 months before DVD release? for a film that wasn’t really worth holding your breath for in the first place? They lost the momentum-even interested people forgot about it probably- average people DO have lives and can’t aways keep track of the latest movie studio decisions. I waited and waited, and kept track, only the narnia fanatics will do that, and I was frustrated, never mind the average person. And the main problem with PC was: it was just DOUR. A DOWNER. BLEAK. You can create that atmosphere for a Robert DeNiro movie, Taxi Driver, say, but for a family franchise?? Whaaaa? You can have conflict in a movie, or a battle, but frame the problem with scenes with color- like the first movie did. Why wasn’t there more "pastoral scenes" as Dr. Devin Brown describes it? There are a ton of book scenes after the battle where they celebrate the victory where we could have some character development. It would have leaft us with a celebratory taste in our mouths as we left the theatre. Why was Trumpkin a sourpuss when he was supposed to be warm and supportive? Why was Peter crotchety? (it was nice to see him back to normal in his VDT cameo) why was Susan so cold constantly? why was Lucy devoid of any personality when she was such a firecracker? everyone was so DRAB. these are production & directing decisions and they made the wrong ones. It was not pleasurable to watch for a family. It was not the audience’s fault or lack of interest- if they had been faithful to the material it would have been successful ENOUGH- as a sequel WOULD do. Maybe 80% of LWW’s take. They should have CUT the production budget, NOT squandered it and should have aligned their projections with reality. It was not as popular a book- they should have just been BUDGET minded, skated through PC to get to the enormously beloved VDT, and been faithful to the material. And I’m not ignorant of cinematic issues- Moving the undragoning to the end of the movie in VDT made sense, also the sea serpent battle- cause that’s how movies flow. That was sensible. Fine. But don’ think you can improve on a genius and university professor with multiple degrees when most hollywood script writers of today were weaned on MTV and have barely read more than SPIN magazine their whole adolescence, let alone the classics. So PC was butchered, and VDT politically corrected, and then they blame the returns on the audience? THIS SERIES IS ****GOLD******- GIVE THE AUDIENCE WHAT THEY WANT- CS LEWIS-NOT THE LUKEWARM, POLITICALLY CORRECT, WHITEWASH!!! Let the series MEAN WHAT IT is SUPPOSED TO. The families and spiritually minded audiences will show up in droves, and more than make up for the teen boy crowd you are so afraid of alienating. Be BRAVE and INCLUDE the subtext! not defang it!! review the numbers for the passion of the christ again if you need an example of sticking to your guns and being countercultural. COUNTERPROGRAM!!

      • nic says:

        Sheesh, High Queene Shelly Belly… the scenery & cinematography in PC was great. The kingdom of Narnia was in abit of turmoil since we last saw it but that’s the book & story of PC as much as the film adaptation. Got to remember, it’s not a seven part Lion, Witch & Wardrobe, it’s a seven part Chronicles of Narnia with it’s whole color spectrum.
        Her majesty exercised strong perseverance in the wait for the dvd & is a trait of nobility i’d warrent, & a point well made in relation to dvd sales.

  • Lewis Tolkien says:

    This is actually fairly good news. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has held better than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Prince Caspian did for its second weekend. Although it’s opening weekend totals were similar to that of The Golden Compass, its second weekend totals are significantly higher. Since this was the week of the opening of its biggest direct competition (Tron and Yogi Bear) and Dawn Treader managed to keep its head above water, it appears that the film should continue to hold well over the holidays.

  • Louloudi the Centaur says:

    How did Yogi Bear gross more than Narnia? A classic icon completely destroyed by body humor and bad voice acting. Anyway, does anyone think buying promotion could help at all with covering the marketing budget? Or does the money go toward the company who made the product? Because I recently bought my own boxed set with a Dawn Treader movie poster, and I would do anything to help the movie, and I’m hoping to see the movie again.

  • sailor says:

    Im still hearing a lot of "Will see this over the Christmas Holidays" As schools in the UK and northern hemisphere break up we may see a significant boost yet. The figures in Australia have been good because our kids are already on the long summer break. It’s definitely a family film, and as soon as families are on holidays we can hope for a rise. Good to hear it has covered production costs already. And lets not forget these are hard times all round financially.

    • NothinButNarnia says:

      Yeah, i know a people who are going to see it over winter break when there’s no school to worry about

    • Ionic Bonding Rocks says:

      With Primary School children just finishing on Friday in Australia, we can most likely expect a big increase in people going to see the movie, as whole families will now be free to see it. Not just on weekends, either. In fact, seeing as Hoyts has a cheap Tuesday deal, perhaps there will be a lot of profit rolling in on Tuesdays (?)
      Just a guess.

    • narnian elv says:

      I’m a big narnia fan and I’m going to be part of the seeing the movie over christmas break crowd. Hardly any of my friends have seen it yet either, they’ve also had to wait. So, there’s a definately a block of people out there who’ve had to wait because of school, etc. Hopefully, VDT will hold strong through christmas becuase of them.

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    How on EARTH did Yogi Bear beat out VDT. Is that phisically possible? It didn’t even look good! GOOD NEWS = The post weekend numbers were good enough to give VDT a new commercial with good words from People magazine and such.

    • Lucylove says:

      I know Yogi Bear is creepy!!!

      • Independent Lucy says:

        I don"t think so !!! So he is an old cartoon so what !!! My mom used to watch it as a kid and so did my dad. I haven"t but still…..He is not creepy !! VDT is better…..but don"t rub it in !!! You can pick on me if you want but that is what I say !!!

    • MinotaurforAslan says:

      It’s because Yogi Bear is in its first weekend and Dawn Treader is in its second. If you compare their opening weekends, Dawn Treader did far better than Yogi Bear.

      • Independent Lucy says:

        Yeah your right. I just don"t like snotty kids

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        I didn’t mean to "diss" Yogi Bear. The cartoon is cute but the movie looked like it had no story line at all. Narnia definetly should have destroyed Yogi in the box office.

    • samuel says:

      and I’m sure that yogi bear will probably do worse in its second weekend. I know some friends who are planning to see VOTD on Christmas day, because their work schedules clash on most days of the week

  • Lucylove says:

    My friends whole class watched it today!

  • Lucylove says:

    $166,420,000 is what I heard

  • yeswelovenarnia says:

    I am very glad that Narnia is still 3rd and still made quite a bit of money this week! I expected Tron and Yogi Bear to beat it out…but I am still happy with how much they are making and I really hope this bodes well for Silver Chair!!!

  • Hwin says:

    I watched it for the second time in 3D today with my mom and brother! It was even better than the first time!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ There were also more people, and everyone laughed really hard at the funny parts, and someone even started clapping when Eustace faints and also at the end!

    I hope this film does well, in my opinion I think it deserves to, and I definitely want to see SC made! The numbers right now look ALL RIGHT, but aren’t amazingly fantastic. I guess we will see what happens, especially over Christmas break…

  • Edward C. says:

    Family films such as Narnia often have very good holds during the Christmas/New Years holiday week. Obviously a big reason for this is kids being out of school, and families spending significant time together. So don’t give up on VDT yet. I am seriously thinking of seeing it again over the break.

    • Edward C. says:

      As comparison, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe actually INCREASED its U.S./Canada ticket sales by nearly 30% on the 3 day New Year’s weekend, as compared to Christmas weekend, in 2005. Stats so you can see for yourself: http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=narnia.htm

      • The Inscrutable Rutabaga says:

        Thank you for mentioning this! I’m certainly not giving up hope, I know several people who haven’t seen it yet, and I myself want to see it again. I’ve been waiting this long to see it, and I’m going to enjoy it a while before worrying about SC ๐Ÿ™‚

    • coracle says:

      @Edward – good on you, and this time take a whole lotta people with you! (I have taken two groups of 10 already)

  • lilims says:

    Seriously??? Yogi Bear -__-

  • son of adam says:

    Already seen it 4 times, will go for 5th time before christmas.

    • Queen Elizabeth says:

      I admire you. If I had the money I would be seeing it again too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • the other Pevensie girl says:

        go for it, son of adam! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just saw it for the second time tonight with my best friend, my family and I are going on Tuesday for my birthday, and then me and my two best friends are seeing it in 3D sometime within the next two weeks (: I’m still holding out for The Silver Chair, and I’ll do everything I can to help!!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Hey when Christmas day comes I bet the numbers will rise up like no other! I know a lot of people who are waiting for it as a Christmas present.

  • seamusberen says:

    VDT did well this weekend, traditionally a low weekend for viewers. The theaters were not packed in my part of Illinois, and those that were there were at Dawn Treader. I think this film will hold well over the holidays, so before despair sets in, let’s see what it does. I am amazed at the overseas market. It was very strong for LWW too. Here’s hoping for the Silver Chair.

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      I’m NOT amazed a the overseas totals, they had a proper advertising campaign. What I AM amazed about is how they shafted the US promo campaign- it was abysmal! how did they expect it to revive the series with no talk show interviews, no magazine coverage, no happy meals, no posters, no buttons,no toys , no bus ads, limited billboards, etc. It only had the awareness of an indie pic. Who made this decision that america doesn’t love narnia? esp. how we supported the 1st flick, and the butchered 2nd flick?

      • Kiz says:

        The Christmas lights in Regent and Oxford Street in London advertise VDT. The Queen went to see it in 3D and we have had interview shows on Sky Movies. I think the advertising has been good here. I went to see it in 2D as the 3D glasses do not fit well over my own glasses so it irritates me.

        I loved VDT as all the other films. I am a Narnia-Head and LB is my fave book with HHB second.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        LB AND HHB ROCKKKKKKK!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    This is random but doesn’t the end of The Last Battle give you happy tears. I finally read it and the end is so emotional. I’ll be crying if they make a movie out of that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Princess Lucy says:

      I knooowwwwwww!!! that book really made me cry too…and my other reaction was like what oh my god esp in a childrens literature but adults read it too so it makes sense lol…if they make the film of it..that will be truely emotional…and a scary one too…hehehe…I am soo glad u have enjoyed the book Queen Elizabeth…the adventures are crazy aren’t they hehehe but exciting too…can’t wait to see the film of it as well as the others..wish we could know the future lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anhun says:

      I didn’t like LB at all. Nothing annoys me more than massive death . . . It’s too tidy. In fact I’d describe the whole book as oppressively neat; spending altogether too much time tying up loose ends that didn’t need to be tied. Not a good ending for a series that includes some of the best children’s books ever written.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        *SPOILERS* I know wat u mean Anhun…it reminded me of shakespeare’s tragic plays except they dnt kill themselves but it did killed the series for me personally and it was too sad…and i was wondering if C.S Lewis would include plots about the seven kids having their own children attending to narnia too and also show them grown up like adults in their world but yh…we will see wat happens ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Anhun says:

        Actually I didn’t think it was all that tragic. I would say the mood at the end is joyful, not sad. I just didn’t like it as plot device. Also, we know that the girl Lucy was based on grew up in RL.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        *SPOILERS AGAIN* oh yh the part with the reunion of all the main characters from different narnia books was nice….and it did take that sadness away i gotto admit so yh ur right..its not fully tragic and has happiness with it too so its a mix feeling really…

      • Ionic Bonding Rocks says:

        Hmm, that’s very interesting, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they didn’t like LB for those reasons…
        But I’m afraid I’d have to respectfully strongly disagree with you there! I thought LB was the perfect ending to the series, telling you everything you needed to know, but still leaving a few ends untied for you to perhaps decide for yourself what happened (for example, what happened to Susan). I don’t know about everyone else, but I like having all the ends tied up at the end of a story! I think that LB is probably the best last book of a series I have ever read.
        And there’s also the inclusion of strong allegory in the story, which I thought was very well done (the dwarfs were my favourite part of it- they were so frustrating and you can really see how it relates even today).
        I understand what you said about massive death, but that could perhaps also be part of the allegory?
        But yeah, how’d we all get onto LB anyway? *laughs*

      • Princess Lucy says:

        lol i know!!!!..how did we get to LB…hmmm…anyways yes ur right Ionic Bonding Rocks about the last book of the narnia series…and i love how(spoilers for those who didn’t read this book) the adventures that was happening to tirin and with ginger the cat, the donkey and his friend..its cool and to show the ending of narnia was nice with peter closing the door…that was cool hehehehe….but i guess we are just shocked by the very end with the deaths of all the seven kids except susan as they are young and its in the series where lots of children read so yh…lol i just read these series around a year ago so hopefully as the years pass i will get used to the very end of it and i am sure the same for everyone else who was shocked too…oh i really hope they make all the books..that will be a dream come true for all of us hehe.

      • Anhun says:

        @Ionic, while I like loose ends because they leave room for your imagination, my main problem wasn’t even that the book ties them up, but that it doesn’t do much of anything else. It relies too heavily on the other books for interest. You can read SC or HHB without reading any of the other books, and the plot and characters are still interesting and engaging. VDT as well, although you might get a bit confused without the PC back story. I just think it would be a waste of time making or watching the movie.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        The Last Battle is mindblowing if u really understand what it is an analogy for. Read the Book of Apocalypse in the bible ( aka Book of Revelation) and a commentary to help decipher it, then read TLB again, and it will be stirring and thrilling for you. Also if you study current events and how the bible prophecies are being fufilled (check out teacher Jack Van impe’s tv show and website for starters) you’ll be amazed at CS LEwis’s story and his predictions for our future are playing out right now.

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        Yea I get what you mean. To keep it symbolic and it would be weird to show Jesus/Aslan in like person form. Maybe it would be cool to show like an up close of Aslan’s face with like Jesus’ face like in it you know? Like his eyes and showing like an overlay of Jesus in Aslans face. I don’t know something like that would be cool, and the kids could just be in awe.

      • Ionic Bonding Rocks says:

        @Anhun, you are right in the sense that the book does spend a lot of tying up loose ends. And, as I contended earlier, I do not think that is a bad thing.
        However, I don’t think that the story does little more than tie up loose ends. To me, LB is a wonderful (though admittedly dark) tale of action and adventure. It only has one physical battle, towards the end, but it has many battles within the mind. It is a story of finding the truth, I believe. Eustace, Jill and Tirian are told that Aslan is ordering all these creatures to do horrible things, but they know that he would not do that. So there is a battle going on in their minds: will they believe the ‘evidence’ of other witnesses, or will they trust in what Aslan has shown them before?
        Saying this, I do not think that LB should be made into a movie. For younger kids, it would be too violent. Older people wouldn’t understand the allegory, and think it was too weird. I reckon LB is one of those stories that is told best in words rather than pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This Is The Morning says:

      I agree 100% Queen Elizabeth! When Aslan tells them that "the holiday is over, the dream is ended. This is the morning" it brings me to tears every time! Its just such a beautiful way for the stories to end!

      • onedayit'llbeme says:

        Lol I so agree! I always felt just a tiny bit sorry about what happened to Susan though – I mean shes left with no family seeing as her parents and all her siblings died as well! She could have at least gone to the ‘real England’ with her parents. but other than that I definitely feel it was a brilliant ending to the series! I hope they do make it into a movie eventually – I so needed that reunion scene after the end of VDT in the cinema!

      • Princess Lucy says:

        POOR SUSAN!!!….she would be lonely and terrified when finding out the situation with all her siblings death…and she would never get over it so it would be something thats always in her mind…and wouldn’t lucy, peter and edmund miss her…so thats another sad bit…these endings with death and sadness doesn’t necessarily reck the series but its sooo sad…so yes i totally agree with u there hehehe….but like u said i hope they make this book into a film so we feel better and see the reunion especially when we just seen the emotional bit in VDT!!!

      • Thyservant says:

        ‘Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen.’ Susan will see her brothers and sisters again but not through the world of Narnia. Perhaps they can have Neeson as a vicar at the end of LB to come close to say a few ‘meaningful’ words with Susan by the tombs. Just my own ideas anyway…

      • onedayit'llbeme says:

        Lol Thyservant, thats how I always reassured myself after reading LB! One day perhaps Susan will see them again.
        Wow Princess Lucy you just made it all the worse for me by empathizing with like that! Lol, and again after seeing the last scene in VDT, they’d better make LB!

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        I LOVE your idea Thyservant. Neeson as a consoling friend could represent "Aslan known by another name" like God’s spirit coming on Earth to confort her. It is sad, but yet a happy ending cause they all go to Aslan’s country (aka heaven) and get to see Mr. Tumus again! It would be sweet if they were all reunited with Reepicheep and everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ And the perfect ending would be then walking into Aslan’s country in a burst of light, and then the Susan thing after the THE END. Like the last word, or at the end of LWW when the perfessor see’s Lucy trying to get back through the Wardrobe.

      • Thyservant says:

        To Queen Elizabeth, thanks very much. That’s what I’m thinking about. Also we can add the scene of Aslan showing his true form as Jesus Christ. However, not in a ‘direct’ way but expressed through the shadow or something else on the children when they are in the Garden…

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        (to Thyservant) my comment back to you I accidentally posted it up father so look for it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bob says:

      I try to pretend it doesn’t exist as compared to the other six it is so shoddily written and does so much to damage the franchise that I just shake my head and wonder what happened. LWW, PC, Voyage, Horse and His Boy are all wonderful adventures, but the Last Battle is just an oddity.

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        But it’s a beautiful and unexpected ending to the adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ The views who don’t read the books will be very surprised and probably dissapointed about the deaths, but they all go out in a happy way.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        read the last book of the bible then reread LB -you’ll enjoy it- after all, it won the Carnegie Medal for Literature. A story that is an analogy will have more impact when you understand what it is refering to.

  • faunforaslan says:

    Tony Nixon and Arabella Morton posted this on their fan pages: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1223947/
    Looks like we may be getting SC after all!

  • Alambil and Tarvis says:

    Okay, this isn’t exactly what I’d hoped for, but let’s try to see the bright side.

    First of all, I believe the Narnia production team highly values its international audience and therefore since the movie is doing decently overseas, I’m pretty sure they’re going to take that into consideration in terms of SC.

    Second, as people mentioned, probably AT LEAST half of U.S. schools aren’t on vacation yet. Public schools are horrible at letting their kids out early. My guess is that the numbers will go up once kids are off, and parents are off from work, and Christmas day is past, and the stress is down. People will be more likely to see movies between Christmas Day and New Year’s. LWW did go up as well, I remember, which was GREAT, so I think VDT will hopefully do too.

    Third, let’s not give up hope. This series has had a lot to deal with over the years, especially with VDT. This movie almost didn’t get made at all. The fact that it’s out in theaters is a miracle in itself. THIS FRANCHISE IS BUILT ON MIRACLES. I mean, the whole series itself is built on miracles, really. The miracle of the story of Jesus Himself, and the miracle of C.S. Lewis’ unlikely conversion. If God could work in the life of a man who was, at one point, in the position of Phillip Pullman, and make him into one of the 20th century’s greatest theologians, then the continuation of the film franchise is easy. I believe the films will continue. I myself am going to see VDT in 3D at least 2 more times, and I’m dragging friends along.

    Remember, "we have nothing if not belief." (Yay Reepicheep). If we fans give up now, then it may not continue. Have at least the faith that things will work out for the best. I believe God wants this series to go on–if He didn’t production on VDT would not have continued after Disney dropped out. The production team is VERY dedicated, and Michael Apted particularly is a very dedicated director, and by the way they did VDT you can tell he and the rest of the team REALLY want to do SC, and I think they’ll get the chance to.

    • Thyservant says:

      Amen. And the film has given hints to SC. The rest of the books have more and more details and character developments, which may be easier to adapt.

    • Ionic Bonding Rocks says:

      Wow, you are absolutely right! After reading this I feel so much better! Thanks, Alambil and Tarvis!

    • Carwashboy says:

      I totally agree with you! I really believe that this series (at least the first three films that HAVE been made) were part of God’s plan! I mean, the story of the boy who committed his life to Christ after watching Prince Caspian – that’s just AMAZING! God will use these films for His glory and the advancement of His kingdom, and HE HAS!! That’s yet another miracle! I really think we have a shot at seeing Silver Chair – Gresham will probably push for it, the production team is awesome, and Fox has already showed that they are awesome by stepping in after Disney dropped out. If it’s God’s will, then it’ll happen! If it isn’t, then we have to realize it’s for a reason. But it would be AMAZING to see Silver Chair! I see all of these reviews that say something along the lines of "looks like this may be the last trip to Narnia" etc., and when I see that, I just think that quotes like that really don’t display any kind of faith. We have to have faith that, whatever happens, its the right thing!

    • Not Of This World says:

      Beautifly writen! I agree!

    • Bob says:

      I am of two minds with this film. I really am grateful it was made. I think all three films are well worth watching. I think this film was always going to be ‘small’. It was directed small, it was filmed more intimately. I enjoyed it. I am glad it was made because in many ways it rounded off where my enjoyment of the series ended, save for Horse and His Boy.

      If SC isn’t made, I’ll be glad at least the trilogy was made. I was hoping it’d survive until HHB but if we have to make do with three Narnia films, I’m glad it was these three.

    • yeo15 says:

      wow. thank you for this very encouraging post bcoz I almost lose hope for the SC movie.
      you’re right! if this movie franchise is one way of God to reach out for the unbelievers then let’s expect for the 7th movie!!! GO NARNIANS!!!

  • Mangolite says:

    Let’s hope VDT pulls a PASSION OF THE CHRIST gain during Christmas. POTC made a comeback during Easter.

  • Andrea1988 says:

    1,2 mln โ‚ฌ (1,57 mln dollars) for the first Italian weekend. Not good. ๐Ÿ™

  • elton says:

    i think this is good

  • Sr.V says:

    We Can save Nรกrnia!

    Please,lets go in the theater!

  • TrueNarnianWithWill says:

    Does that mean VDT is doing badly or well in Cinemas? Confuzzzled much ! I really hope they can do al of the books in to movies ! I <3 NARNIA!!

  • Pepper Darcy says:

    this isn’t so bad! ๐Ÿ™‚ School got out for a *lot* of people Friday, so maybe the box office will do even better! If we can get a SC and LB I’ll be happy.

    And after what Apted said about continuity of characters being what is needed, and the way VotDT has ‘done’ (good but not really great) it might be really good if they at least did LB (for the sake of viewers seeing Jill/Eustace) and *then* did MN and HaHB, because the *main* characters in that are new ones (Shasta, Aravis, Polly, Digory). Sure there’s Aslan and the Witch in MN, but if you went from SC to MN or HaHB, people are going to be saying ‘what did you just DO? Where’s Eustace and Jill?!’

    Switching from finishing up SC to MN/HaHB instead of LB might kill the series. As much as I’d *LOVE* to see MN and HaHB as movies, I’d be so happy even if it was JUST SC and LB. At least with LB you have the happy ending of Narnia and you *know* that MN and HHB happened! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just thought of something, HHB will be ‘unique’ for Narnia as in the fact that it begins with a child in Narnia and the story ends in Narnia– no new kid/or pevensies coming to Narnia and leaving! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Demor says:

      idk I mean I get what you are saying but out of any of the books, the one I want to see made is HHB because that is the one that led me to Christ as a teenager and still no adaption has been made of it. I mean SC should be next because of the continue of characters but I just hope HHB gets made. It is one of the best of the series I think.

    • narnian21 says:

      I thought about that myself but I don’t think it would work too well. Because there are characters in MN and HHB (I think?) that appear in LB. And if I remember right don’t eustace and Jill go to narnia because of the magical rings from MN? Since that wasn’t established yet you’ll have the filmmakers changing the story and we don’t want that happening. I think they could sell MN really easily since it’s the beginning of narnia and they have the white witch used in the RIGHT way. HHB maybe easy since it has the pevensie kids in it. I think SC should be made if they get enough money cuz in my opinion the best stories are yet to come and really enjoyable. And they should be easy to adapt. Or at least you’d hope anyways. Further up and further in!

      • Aravis the Brilliant says:

        But the problem is, in the reunion at the end of LB, it mentions Shasta and Aravis. Digory and Polly are major characters. It takes away some of the significance of the professor being Digory. and everyone else would be like "Calormenes? Who are the Calormenes? What are they doing here? Tisroc? Who’s the Tisroc? Western garden? WHAT?!?!?!?!"

    • narnian21 says:

      I thought about that myself but I don’t think it woul

      • Princess Lucy says:

        I have read information about the calormons…what they represent apparantly they could represent the indians or arabs…in HHB these characters worship tash and some creature with lots of arms..thats something that hindus worship..rather islam worship God…but the apparance may look Arabian or Indian..it depends what the filmmakers decide…but you are right about this film might be a political problem..but then again their are bad as well as good calormons such as Aravis!!!

    • Aunt Letty says:

      Ironically, the very uniqueness of HB may prevent it from getting onto film. I’m just speculating, of course, but it fits what I see as the logic of current filmmaking aesthetics, to reject HB because it is so different from the story that’s been built up onscreen so far.

      I hope that isn’t what happens, and I called it ironic because, to me, HB looks like the book that most readily lends itself to a neat, tidy, film adaptation. Even the allegory in HB seems to me like the sort that would be most palatable to film industry writers and easiest to portray in a film. The basic plot is all action-driven. In fact, I think the changes that would get made to HB would likely be more in the form of expanding and embellishing what’s already on the page, than any changes to plot or character. HB is just waiting to be plopped into a screenplay and brought to life.

      LB would be a bit more problematic, and MN even more so. If folks here objected in advance to the shifts in VDT’s plot, wait ’til movieland goes to work on reshaping MN into a workable screenplay…

      Still haven’t seen VDT the film. Waiting for the kids to get out of school so we can do a matinee (cheaper). Maybe other families are in the same mode.

      I’m surprised I haven’t seen much commentary/reactions on this site, from those who’ve seen the film so far. Is it a spoiler thing, or is there not much to say, or what?

      • Anhun says:

        I think it’s a spoiler thing. There are TONS of reactions on the forum under the spoiler section "I’ve seen the movie and it was . . ."

      • Tauriel says:

        Actually, out of the remaining books (SC, HHB, MN and LB), I think HHB would be easiest to translate to a film. It has a fairly straightforward plot, which is not episodic like VDT (that’s why there had to be so many changes to its plot), but rather has a good beginning, a nice build-up and even an action-packed third act. I think, film-wise, it could be much better than SC – the story is more "cinematic", if you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Anhun says:

        @Tauriel, I completely agree what you’re saying about HHB and SC. I think they could give both of those books the same treatment as LWW (keep the plot and characters, with some trimming and embellishment of specific scenes) and you would end up with interesting, coherent movies. SC would, however, be much harder to market because it’s SO dark.

        Oooh! Speaking of embellishments, wouldn’t it be amazing if we got to see the escape of the Splendour Hyaline? It happens off page in the book, but I think it would be really exciting on screen.

      • Aunt Letty says:

        You are so right. There’s a plethora of potential high-cinema moments in HHB; the escape of the Splendor Hyaline being one of them. Also the kidnapping,sea battle, and escape of infant Shasta, loads of intrigue and tension in Tashbaan with Radagast’s character, and of course Aravis’ home situation and escape.

        Once again, I have to pay homage to Lewis’ awesome skills in creating complexity of character and scene, with just a few masterful bits of dialogue and narrative exposition. There’s hardly anything actually on the page, but there is SO much going on. Lots to work with for a screenplay, if the right people get to it first. Here’s hoping!

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        the problem is it would be politically incorrect to make HHB, it was a hidden warning about/against islam

      • Princess Lucy says:

        I have read information about the calormonsโ€ฆwhat they represent apparantly they could represent the indians or arabsโ€ฆin HHB these characters worship tash and some creature with lots of arms..thats something that hindus worship..rather islam worship Godโ€ฆbut the apparance may look Arabian or Indian..it depends what the filmmakers decideโ€ฆbut you are right about this film might be a political problem..but then again their are bad as well as good calormons such as Aravis!!!

      • Anhun says:

        There is no way anyone who knows anything about Islam can argue that Tash worship bears any resemblance to Islam, or that HHB is anti-Muslim. If you’ve studied ancient history, you can see how Lewis took elements of ancient Carthaginian and Etruscan (tarquin anyone?) culture and wove them together to create the fictional Calormenes.

        One element that Lewis borrowed from Carthaginian culture was their religion. The god Baal, worshipped by the Carthaginians was a ruthless god, much like Tash. Now Lewis made some modifications. He left out the child sacrifice and the other members of the Carthaginian pantheon, but of world religions, Baalism is the one that most resembles Tash worship. But who knows, Hollywood might not want to offend Baalites either. ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Aunt Letty says:

        yep. I think the "anti-muslim" impression a lot of folk seem to have gathered from the Calormenes could be due simply to their robes, politics, and landscape. Tash-ism in no way resembles any of the forms of the muslim religion that I’ve ever heard of. It wouldn’t be too difficult to portray the Calormenes in such a way that noone even slightly informed would see them as a metaphor for Muslims.

    • elanor says:

      I know that LWW is the most famous of the series, but I wonder why the movie people didn’t start from the beginning? From MN??? Then, it wouldn introduce the series, and the next movie to be made would be the most famous one, to build momentum. I suppose if they had to, they could skip HHB, and move to the others after that, and that way we’d at least get six of them…and then they could go back and finish with HHB??? Just an idea…maybe the next time around. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Don’t we just love to speculate! We have so many ideas of how the films could have been made better, but if it came to actually making the movies ourselves we would be lost. ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes me think of those men in the family that are always shouting at the TV in a football game telling the players and coaches what they should do… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Anhun says:

        MN may come first chronologically, but it’s not the beginning of the narrative. It’s a prequel. Several aspects of MN would lack meaning, context or interest if you hadn’t read LWW first.

  • Reepicheep says:

    Here are some of the reasons why VDT isn’t making as much money as it should be.

    *The marketing. It was way too under marketed until very recently.
    *Critics. Despite an excellent word of mouth from fans and early reviewers, critics haven’t been kind; as they’ve been saying things like it doesn’t have enough magic, it’s too convoluted and is too much of a fable. None of which is true.
    *The 3D. I my eyes, the film’s only flaw. But this shouldn’t stop people from seeing it in 2D.

    They still need to make SC because they did such a good job with this one and SC is much more marketable than this one. These problems can be perfected next time.

  • Queen Su says:

    How can Tron make more money opening weekend than a classic like Narnia?

    • MinotaurforAslan says:

      Because Disney spent more on advertising,

    • stephanie says:

      Im 26 and I consider the original tron to be a classic in the vein of logans run. so both are good to me

      • Moviecynic says:

        I’m 42 so I saw the first Tron when it came out. This one is MUCH better. I enjoyed it for what it was. What it was, however, was not a match for VOTDT!

        VOTDT is an odd film – it is flawed, yet one of my favorite movies in a long time. Well worth the wait.

  • Sol says:

    Im from Argentina and my daughter and I can’t wait until the opening on the 28th!! Hope it does well here ๐Ÿ™‚

  • blueRain says:

    Looks like it’s been a bad few weeks for every movie release–not just Narnia.

  • Not Of This World says:

    I have faith Dougles Gresham will push his hardest to make all the movies. And unless one is a huge, huge, huge plop (if you know what I mean), I think we’ll see all seven movies.

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      Yeah, but the truth is that I think the books are awesome !!!! I"ve read almost all of them twice !! I know this one girl read all of them 6 times !!! I think everyone should read the books before you watch the movie. Have you read the books ?

      • Not Of This World says:

        I read the books almost every night. I started this since I saw PC in the theatre. Once I finish the series, I start again.

      • Not Of This World says:

        I ment if one of the movies is a huge plop. Not the books. The books are great.

  • Jonathan says:

    I sincerely hope a fourth Narnia gets made. After receiving news this week that one of my favorite TV shows, Stargate Universe (completely different than Narnia I know) – I love Stargate – was canceled the last thing I want to hear is that there will be no more movies…

  • Dancinginrain says:

    What I really hate is that my brother(he hasn’t read the books ๐Ÿ™ ) He said that there was no point to for them coming back(and yes truthfully He IS a Christian). and it wasn’t entertaining. I’m the opposite of His reactions. I’m just upset with Him though! I can’t help that he didnt like it. My Dad liked it. But My Dad thought Eustace was a little bit of another ‘Edmund’. (and to point out noone in my family other than me and my sister has read the books.)My Mom also liked it and sister did too. My friend (who also hasn’t read the books) gave it an 15.5, when I said out of 10! About almost everyone is split about this movie! I am hoping that SC will get made and hopefully it will make it in the boxoffice too. Hopefully VDT will get more and more money for silver chair and everyone will *love* it:)

  • Aslan's Girl says:

    Dear Lord, please save Narnia if that’s your will! Everybody, pray! If the Lord doesn’t want it to do well, it won’t. (I really hope it’s His will that SC is made, but I trust Him to do whatever is best) Remember Luke 11:9-"Ask, and it shall be given to you…"

    My thoughts on VDT money:
    Fox has reason to make Silver Chair, and it has reason not to. I think the question now is how much more money VDT will make. I mean, in the movie, we’ve got strong indication toward a sequel, because Aslan tells Eustace that Narnia "may have need of him yet" or something like that. And we also have Aunt Alberta say "Eustace, Jill wants to see you, she’s downstairs" I know that wasn’t verbatim but yall know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, because we have some things like these lines that leave audiences wondering about later movies, I think this poses a good opportunity for Fox. On the other hand, it sounds like the profits of the movie are wanting. There are different opinions, but I think for the most part, we wish VDT had made more money. Whether the amount made is going to be enough to convince Fox to make SC is in dispute… I, personally, am encouraged by the second weekend’s profits, although I wish they were higher. And I do believe after Christmas stress settles and people get bored, the movie’s audience will get larger.

    Also, my friends, family, and I contributed 90$ to the movie’s earnings!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I would encourage you all to see it a second time; I very much enjoyed it the second time, and noticed new things about it that I hadn’t seen before.

    Long live Narnia! Long live Aslan!

  • Braden Woodburn says:

    OMG YAYY!!! That is definately far off over it’s budget at $140-$150 million. I mean dannnng, $166,420,000 WORLDWIDE is in my eyes a big hit and it’s only been out in the US for 10 days now which I think that is where most of the money came from. Can anyone tell me if that means that this movie pulled it off to continue on? In my gut instinct it’s saying YYEESSS! Narnia foreverrrr!

    • Non-Negotiable Comment says:

      FOX/Walden’s take of that $166,420,000 is, roughly $50 million. About $30 million from domestic sales, and $20 million from foreign (after deducting foreign marketing costs). Yes, the foreign sales look good on paper, until you realize how little of it they actually get. There is zero chance that the film will break even during its theatrical run.

      • narnian21 says:

        I still have faith that things can turn around. there is already a huge international gross and there are still countries in which the movie hasn’t even been released yet. and its almost Christmas and new year’s so i’m not giving up without a fight

      • Tribunal says:

        Pretty much this.

        In order for films to turn a profit they really have to gross triple the amount of money that was spent on making and marketing it. So unless Dawn Treader makes +$600 million worldwide don’t expect The Silver Chair.

      • Narnian says:

        They must get enough money for the silver chair!

      • Lewis Tolkien says:

        "There is zero chance that the film will break even during its theatrical run."

        This is, of course, not true. This is still early in it’s theatrical run, so naturally if it has very good holds and stays in the theaters a long time it can still make a small profit. The advertising budget however was high (Walden said $100 million), and they have to pay a cut to the theater owners and special fees and taxes (especially overseas). So, things are not going great for the film, but it’s looking brighter than it did after the truly disappointing domestic opening weekend and whatever the case it’s not bombing outright. Although not typical, many films have had high enough opening weekend multiples that would allow a film like this to turn a profit in the end.

        Tribunal is certainly incorrect that it needs to triple (and more than triple, apparently, for a $600+ million box office) its budget to make a profit. If that were so this film never would have been made, because no one in their right mind would make a sequel that could only make money by doing far, far better than Prince Caspian did. And under those circumstances PC would have lost an absolutely tremendous amount of money (which it didn’t). Very few films would ever make any money if this were true and Hollywood would have already gone bankrupt by about 1925. Typical estimates usually just double the budget, not triple it (however, that still might be off since the marketing budget was higher for Voyage of the Dawn Treader than for most films–so that has to be taken into account too). At any rate, it should do well if it makes what Prince Caspian did, or perhaps less depending on the individual agreements Fox made with theater owners about the film. We’ll just have to wait and see. This is way too early to make any final pronouncements about whether The Silver Chair will or will not happen.

      • Non-Negotiable Comment says:

        Zero. Chance.

      • Lewis Tolkien says:

        You can believe whatever you want, but you will find very few people who would agree with you, and you would be denying the idea that Dawn Treader could follow in the tracks of previous films that have held-up surprisingly well over the holidays. I just hope no one believes you because you’ve provided so real evidence for making a rather silly and extreme blanket statement.

        On a brighter note, I see on Box Office Mojo that Dawn Treader did extremely well on Monday. It brought in 36% more revenue than it did last Monday. Folks, the film is picking up steam!

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        don’t write off the Man Upstairs : )

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        let’s hope you must eat your words, you Pluddleglum! haha

    • Non-Negotiable Comment says:

      If you consider mathematics and reason to be "a rather silly and blanket(ed) statement", then, you’re absolutely correct: my position is baseless. Will I find many people to agree with me? On this site? Of course not. Most of you cannot distance yourselves emotionally from the books to rationally and objectively evaluate the content, quality, or financial prospects of the films. It makes for an amusing read, but it’s not so great for reasoned debate.

      Furthermore, "typical estimates usually just double the budget, not triple it"? Oh, really? Says who? The multiplier is on a SLIDING SCALE. There is no definitive number when you just add up the domestic and international grosses. It DEPENDS. What’s the most influential variable to affect this number? Domestic gross in the first three weekends. The lower that number, the higher the multiplier. At this point, Tribunal is a lot closer than you want to give him credit for. The overall international gross means next to nothing in comparison to what the studios need to make at home for the first three weekends.

      Lastly, please don’t confuse my position that the film can no longer break even in its theatrical run with: "The film will not be profitable in the long-run.", "I want the film to fail." or "I don’t want another Narnia film." I have never said anything remotely like that. I believe the film MAY turn a profit, but in 5-10 years. That has NOTHING to do with what I said. It will NOT break even at the box office. Impossible. Don’t shoot the messenger, look at the numbers.

      I have never wanted the film to fail. I wouldn’t have driven 50 km on black ice in a blizzard to see it on opening night if I wanted it to fail. It IS failing. It DESERVES to fail. You guys like it? Great. I want something a lot better. Do I want more films? I want a better product, and I would like us, as fans, to have higher standards, and to hold the producers accountable for when they deliver shockingly mediocre content like this film. But you guys are the "real" fans, right?

      OK.

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Do they not know how many fans there are?! PLEASE MAKE SILVER CHAIR!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Anhun says:

      They know exactly how many fans there are. How do they know? Box office. VDT’s performance suggests that PC and or Apted’s handling of this installment have lost fans for for the film series.

    • Independent Lucy says:

      What if they were looking for a girl to play as Jill Pole !!!! I would LOVE to play as her !!! Or Polly Plummer !!!! I have dark brown hair, I am 13 years old, and I am a good actor. What are you like ?

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        Well I’m about 16, and I have long-ish blonde wavy hair. I love acting on stage in plays, but I wouldn’t feel comphortable in a movie. I really want to be a director and be on set helping the cast. Or maybe be an extra with a small role ๐Ÿ™‚ But they will be looking for girls maybe a little older than 13 ๐Ÿ™ since Will P. is 17. But hey, you never know ๐Ÿ™‚ You could get it.

      • Not Of This World says:

        I wouldn’t make a good Jill ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Moviecynic says:

    I have a question for our UK friends. The movie is doing well in Mexico, Spain, Russia, South Korea, and France among others โ€“ but it is falling like a rock in the UK.

    What happened? Didnโ€™t the first film even beat Harry Potter that year? I canโ€™t imagine why the UK hasnโ€™t sold at least two or three times as many tickets yet.

    I LOVED this film. One of my favorite ever. Sure it could have been better but I am so glad it was made.

    Letโ€™s hope we get to see The Silver Chair!

  • nic says:

    Really good to be number 1 ROW over weekend when Tron released. There are different types of marketing & i don’t think Tron for example has only 50 million more of marketing than Narnia. One of the most effective types of marketing will be that which isn’t so obvious, & while Narnia will have a good word of mouth kind, that is only one of the over-laps of this kind, there are other kinds as well which a film like Tron for example, does seem to be leagues ahead with.

    I wouldn’t even know if the Narnia franchise is on par with a film like Clash of the Titans on this score in relation to this aspect of the movie industry & event movies. But if this wasn’t the case then the Narnia films wouldn’t be so distinctly Narnian, so it’s perfectly fine that this is the situation. I don’t know, but it seems that there is lots of audience potential for the whole franchise to continue on in similar ‘waters’ though enjoying great commercial success.The marketing just has to maximise the strengths of it’s Narnian situation more & not invest so much in a more traditional movie industry event vibe which does not really seem to work as well with gaining it’s audience, or in comparison to other films that are better suited in an over-lapped marketed type of way for that approach.

    For the Narnia chronicles to be all made in the fine fashion they have been so far, it’s going to be a really new mix of an audience type that solidifies & carries it through over their run at the cinema. Many people who ‘all’ like Narnia will have wildly diff. tastes for most other films, all over the map!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    To many people mistake the Narnia films as "childrens" movies. And think that Harry Potter is more "grown up". (Even though HP kind of sucked for the box office) Anywho, Narnia is way more than just a childish tale, people need to see that.

    • Independent Lucy says:

      Totally, But when kids say words like "Doodle" or "Anywho" no infense…… It makes the movies look bad. Sorry, but you might want to watch what you say.

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        Sorry? But you might want to watch what you say because I will be an adult in about two years. And when I said "anywho" that is a word that I have grown up saying because my family uses it as a fun little word. And I really doubt saying this is "bad for the movies" in any way. So you might not want to judge people you don’t know.

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        Independent Lucy. Just a couple posts up father you said you were 13. So I am older than you. Just sayin.

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        To Independent Lucy: I just realized that I just sounded like a total jerk. I’m sorry ๐Ÿ™‚ But you should really think before you speak, and that goes for all of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bob says:

    I love Narnia, and I don’t watch it expecting anything other than good entertainment. If I want allegory, I’ll read the bible. I find things like this almost an affront to spreading the Word, so I have to try and turn that aspect off and enjoy it for the good storytelling it is.

    I deeply enjoyed the first film. Mildly enjoyed the second film. Again really enjoyed the third film. It was a return to hope and magic for Narnia and in a clever way, Michael Apted ended the film in a way that would wrap up a trilogy if no more movies are made, which would be a shame.

    Realistically, it doesn’t look like Silver Chair has much chance of being made. I’m saddened for that, but grateful for the miracle of VDT seeing the light of day! I hope the dvd/blu-ray sales give it more wind in its sales. Pun intended.

    • Lewis Tolkien says:

      Do you feel that Jesus harmed the spreading of his word by using parables? That idea makes about as much sense to me. Jesus understood that making a point through a story is often the best way of making that point at all.

      J.R.R. Tolkien incorporated a lot of Norse mythology into The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Does his stories make Norse mythology more disgusting or more attractive to people?

  • Swordebrithil12 says:

    It’s because people don’t appreciate the subtlety and beauty of a nice classic story anymore; I think I’m the only fan in Chicago now. I know I am in my grade, everyone thinks I’m stupid for liking it so much. Some boy thinks it’s "so 2005". Jerk.

    • Princess Lucy says:

      don’t worry Swordebrithil12 …its soo sad classics are being ignored nowadays…and they are usually the best stories so yh totally agree with you hehehe….and I am sure theres hidden people that love it soo much and yet they hide it lol…I am a bit like that actually…the only place I express it is on here..narniaweb hehehe…I bet when they get older..they will regret it especially if their kids love it soo much ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        I’m always called a nerd for being a teen and being obseesed with the franchise. But I just nod and know what they’re missing. But the stories are aimed towards anyone, some stuff is definetly not for little kids ๐Ÿ™‚

    • onedayit'llbeme says:

      Yeah Swordbrithel12, same for me in the UK! As a teenager, you’re expected to only be in for the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana or Twilight. Things like Narnia and Lord of the Rings are too old fashioned, pure and ‘boring’ for today’s generation who need to have a storyline which isnt so innocent. My friends think I’m crazy for liking Narnia and feel as if I never grew out of my 5 year old likes.
      But yeah Queen Elizabeth you are totally right! They are the ones who are missing out! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And like you say Princess Lucy, its sites like this where we can get it all out! Lol!

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        That is why I love you guys! ๐Ÿ™‚ lol This site is where I can come and just be my normal self. Even at home my sister thinks I’m nuts lol, she’s all into Justin Beiber and all that. And I’m just like, what is she thinking lol. I love history and fantasy and Narnia gives me all of that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      you are more intelligent and sophisticated than them, that’s why. There are millions of adult fanatics of Narnia. You are to be commended for your good taste. Sorry about your juvenile peers. : )

  • Independent Lucy says:

    TO Queen Elizabeth: You are the jerk !!! How dare you !!!! I am NEVER coming to Narnia web again !!!

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      What is your problem ? She"s just pointing something out !!! I REALLY don"t think anyone will care if you leave !!! I"m on Queen Elizabeth"s side. You jerk !!!

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    To Queen Elizabeth : You sound PERFECT for the movie !!! A couple comments up you said you were blonde…….Beautiful !!!! I absolutely LOVE blondes !!! I have red hair……Sorry, I don"t like my hair. It is shoulder length. I am 15 and about 5 foot 3" Do you think I would be a good actor ? And also, If you don"t mind……Where do you live ? What state ? I would love to get to know you better.

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    By the way, I"ll start if you want me to talk first. I really don"t mind. I have been watching you and every time I see Queen Elizabeth saying something, I always want to see what she"s saying. I hope I"m not being to forward. Please talk to me ASAP. Not to be rude……I don"t want to be like Independent Lucy…….A jerk.

    • Anhun says:

      For my part, I always look forward to comments by High Queen Shelly Belly, Non-negotiable comment, and glumPuddle. Why? Because they know how to express strong opinions without calling everyone, or anyone, a jerk.

      I’m glad the three of you have reformed and apologized and I hope you understand that most of us come here to (whine, pontificate, analyze, gush, gossip, pick a verb) about a book and film series, not to take verbal abuse.

  • liam says:

    did fox/walden not say that they beleaved they had resurrected the narnia franchise. plus its making money even though we are in more financially stricken times than when pc was released surely thats a good thing. plus i think the order filming should be sc mn hhb then the lb so as to include all characters that appear in last battle

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      Excuse me…….Are you talking to me ? Or just anyone ? I"m just curious.

      • Anhun says:

        It’s all a part of a nefarious plot! He’s using secret code to let Independent Lucy know he’s gathering an army of teenage mutant ninja centaurs to fight on her side.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        Anhun, u r 2 funny LOL

    • Anhun says:

      They said that they had resurrected the franchise when they saw the initial foreign box office. Unfortunately, foreign business seems to be dropping off, so I don’t know if they still feel that way :(. For my part, I would absolutely love to see the Horse and His Boy finally on the screen, but it looks like it will never be (why don’t they have an emoticon for hysterical sobbing?).

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    Never mind to Queen Elizabeth. I bet I was being to forward. I"m so sorry. But I would REALLY like to be friends with you . Merry Christmas !!!! I hope you get everything you want !!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Ok First to Independent Lucy: I’m sorry if I made you mad, but you really shouldn’t over react. I didn’t want to start an issue.

    Next to Princess Jennifer: Red hair sounds AWESOM! There is only one person with red hair in my small town so that is cool. I’m sure if you really try at the audition you could do great.

    I personally don’t want to be in the movie. (maybe as a small role) I’d love to help on set and behind the scenes. I live in the US. (I really shouldn’t give out to much info) But it’s nice to have friends on here.

    Wouldn’t it be sweet if I really knew you guys in real life. Like what if you guys go to my school or something?

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      That would be cool !!! Sorry that I was too forward. But you sound really pretty and smart and well, I would love to get to know you. I live in Kansas just so you know. I live in the country with horses.chickens, and we are looking for sheep. I am homeshooled and live about 45 miles away from the nearest town. Do you think I am a hick ?

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        Thanks for saying I’m pretty and stuff :)But you honestly don’t even know what I look like lol. I guess I would say I’m smart, idk. My hair looks exactly like Geogie Henley’s just dark-ish blonde.

  • Independent Lucy says:

    You shood have thought of that before you called me a jerk !!

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    Yeah you better run Telmarine !!!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    DO I HAVE TO BE ASLAN AND END THIS?!!!
    Because you all need to stop. I don’t want to be a big problem and I really don’t want you to leave this site Independent Lucy. And Princess Jennifer, thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ But I don’t want to start the first ever NarniaWeb War. So let’s just all make up right now.

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Question for all my NarniaWeb buddies. Should I start a blog. If so, about what. Something that would keep things interesting.

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      I think you should totally start a blog. I have been dying to do one, but I have just not done it yet. You could write about us, or you coud write about us almost starting the biggest war on Narniaweb. LOL !!! Sorry I was kind of mean… I just don"t like her picking on you. I want to be a writer when I grow up. I will be sure to write about you in one of my books, my dear friend. I am writing my own new Narnia book. It is called " The Chronicles of Narnia White Witch Returns" What do you think ? Hey !!! You could write about that !! I will keep thinking !!

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        Your book sounds good ๐Ÿ™‚ But I actually don’t like people writing other people’s ideas. I totally respect your love for Narnia ๐Ÿ™‚ But maybe you could come up with your own story that doesn’t have to do with CS. Lewis’ ideas. You could prbably come up with great new characters and a new storyline. But it can still take place in medieval times and have like minotoars and fawns and stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep writing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    I"m sure you really are pretty !!! And truly……. My hair is more dark brown and it is long. So….. I"m not close to being like Georgie but I guess that"s ok. I"m happy for you though !!!

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    TO Independent Lucy : I am not CORNY !!! Did you hear what Queen Elizabeth said !!!? One more time and I will charge after you with an army !! Narnian Trader !!!!

    • Independent Lucy says:

      Yeah I heard what she said alright !!! And you better get your army ready because I WILL start the first Narnian war on here !!! Narnian Trader !!!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    I am not going to write on here anymore. This is ridiculous. When Independent Lucy said she wanted to be Jill in Silver Chair I was all for that. I wanted to be friends with Independent Lucy, and I accidentaly made her mad. Can we be friends on here? Cause I don’t want people to be all "for Queen Elizabeth". And Princess Jennifer, please don’t write about me. Why would you want to?

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      Because I was looking for a friend. Can you please keep writing too me. I know I was a jerk and too forward. I will quit and find new friends but meanwhile…Can you please still write me ? Tell me tommorrow….I need to go to bed.

      • Princess Jennifer says:

        Hi, To Queen Elizabeth: If you want, I can probably get Independent Lucy to keep writing if you want. If you still are interested in her, I mean.

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    And dear Independent Lucy, please don’t become all "evil" just so you can "fight" against Princess Jennifer. Please. We are all on Aslan’s side, at least I hope.

  • Narnian says:

    I agree [I don’t want to be in any fight]. But you guys were dealing that pretty awful. You can lose friends that way and you don’t want to do that. Take it easy!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Yea I’m just gonna drop the whole thing (even though I’m going on right now lol) It’s pretty stupid. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Narnian says:

    I think this is a good time for everyone to say that your sorry and forgive each other

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    Ok, I"m Sorry Lucy……..I"m sorry Elizabeth…..I hope you still like Narniaweb…..I will be leaving now.

    • Independent Lucy says:

      Ok, I"m sorry…….It really was stupid wasn"t it ? Sorry everybody . But Queen Elizabeth….. I personally think that Princess Jennifer likes you …..I should know……She"s the only one she talks too. Please keep writing to her. Secretly, I think she needs you.

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        To Independent Lucy: Do you personally know Princess Jennifer or something? idk I was just curious. And um if so I don’t know what is so appealing about me to people lol, I seem to express myself better in words than in person.

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Ok everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy this is over ๐Ÿ™‚ Princess Jennifer I would love to be your friend on here. But I think wanting to know all my information is a bit creepy lol no offense.

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      None taken !!!!! I am absolutely SO happy !!!! You made my night !!!! I"M so happy this is over too !!! I thought you would never talk to me again !! Thank you !! God Bless you !!! Oh Wait….I’m being too forward again…aren’t I? Sorry. I won"t be a creep anymore I promise !! Thank you !!

  • Independent Lucy says:

    To Queen Elizabeth: I know this isn"t personal anyway… but don"t tell anyone……She is my next door neighbor.

    • Independent Lucy says:

      I guess because you are trying to stop the fight you are the leader on here but actually….I don"t like blogging like I thought I would so thanks !! but..bye !!

    • Independent Lucy says:

      All right !!! I couldn"t sleep last night knowing I lied to you. I really have no idea who this girl is.

      • Princess Jennifer says:

        I don"t want to start another fight, but I was wondering what you were saying, like I said, The nearest town is 45 miles away !! Well, I guess I"m happy that"s over. I still can be your friend if you want.

        Queen Elizabeth : I bet I can get Independent Lucy to still blog… I have a way to get to her !!! lol !! Sorry I was such a pest earlier. I might as well leave Narnia web…..Besides you no one is talking to me !!! This is so annoying !! I feel bad for you. You can leave me. I know you wouldn"t want to get caught with a jerk like me.

  • Crass says:

    Wow, thought the movie was great..first time they got the adaptation right. Hated the way the first two were adapted. This one was small, intimate and pure adventure..it flew by. LWAW was disappointing, I still can’t sit thru Prince Caspian without falling asleep and the accents are horrible. The music score was amazing..disliked the new agey score mixed with clannad type singing of the first two. Was very pleased and the end credits tribute to Pauline Baines was magical. I was thrown off for most of the movie cuz it looked like it was shot on some sort of Hi_def video and it took me out of it for a while but I eneded up forgetting about it half way thru. But they really scaled back the budget on this one and I dare say it made it infinitely more creative..so there should be a Silver Chair after foreign sales and DVD sales will probably be very good for this one.

    • Queen Elizabeth says:

      I’m glad you liked VDT Crass, but LWW was word for word pretty much thoughout the whole film. So I don’t know why you didn;t like the adaptation ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sgk474 says:

      ‘Dawn Treader’ was my favourite too – absolutely loved it! It was so magical and inspiring! Having said that, I did enjoy the other two as well…

    • servantofAslan says:

      My personal reason for why VoTD hasn’t done so well is because there is too much time between movies. If you look at the Harry Potter and Transformers franchises, they make the next movie somewhere between one and two years apart. We’ve only had 3 Narnia movies since 2003. That is way too much time between films. Another reason is probably because the LWW was the most popular book, but since the entire 7 books have sold so well, there should be enough fans out there to keep the box office numbers up, not to mention new fans that the movies should have picked up…those who never read the books or are hearing about this franchise for the first time. I dont’ think it has anything to do with the spiritual message either since LWW has the strongest and most obvious Gospel message and it did exceedingly well. It’s hard to adapt a movie from children’s books unless there is a lot of supernatural or violence. Narnia doesn’t have enough of either to keep young people’s interest, of which I’m glad and shouldn’t have to compromise just to make a smash movie. I say several Christian production companies get behind Walden Media for the next movies and make them a year or two apart, not three to four years apart.

      • Duffleglum says:

        hmm, interesting point, and I believe you are right about the timing.

        I wish they didn’t dilly dally with greenlighting Prince Caspian (as well as deviating from the story)

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Usually NarniaWeb is for talking about the film. So if a lot of people aren’t talking to you Princess Jennifer don’t feel bad. We usually just comment on each others opinions and talk about the movie. Usually not out personal lives ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Independent Lucy says:

    Wow Wow Wow !! My fight has just begun !!! Why do you think I"ll be friends and stop now ? I"m just warming up !!!

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    Sorry !!! What?! I ……am confused. Please forgive me. Sorry. I DO NOT want to fight !!!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    Why are we fighting again? I’m so lost. Why are you mad Independent lucy?

  • Independent Lucy says:

    I"m Calm now. Sorry. I have a real hot temper. Please don"t write to me today because I got to go. I"ll be back at nine. Love Ya !!

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    Well, that was wierd. What just happened ? I"m so happy we didn"t get in a fight !! I"m still sorry !!

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    I haven"t seen the movie yet, but I am dying too. How much does it cost to get into a movie theater ? Ah Well, From the trailers and commercials I can"t wait to see it !!

  • Queen Elizabeth says:

    I’m seeing it again (I’m pretty sure) next week. 3D tickets are about $8-ish and regular ones go from $5-$7 were I live.

    Sorry you didn’t get your CD Lucy

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      Wow !!!! I"m so happy your getting to see it again !!! What is it like ? Have you seen it in 3D or Regular ? Which do you recomend ?

      • Queen Elizabeth says:

        I saw it in 3D but I would reccomend the 2D version. During the non 3D scenes I took the glasses off and the colors were a lot brighter and you seem to focus more on the movie without the glasses. And it would be cheaper too. AND there were only about 2 full 3D scenes, so I would just go for the 2D which is what I’m doing next week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alambil and Tarvis says:

      WHERE DO YOU LIVE?!!! I live just outside of Washington, DC, and regular movie tickets are $10. 3D ONES ARE $15!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Dx

  • Princess Jennifer says:

    Wow !!!! I feel like screaming !!! I am so happy for you !!! Sad to say, I think I am going to see it AFTER Christmas…….sigh……..Do you know how much 2D are ? If you don"t know, I don"t care. I am just DYING to see it !!!!!

  • Darren says:

    While I liked Dawn Treader quite a bit, I was disappointed in two things. First, the musical score. Why could they have not kept the majestic, thrilling score of the first two movies? To me, it was synonymous with Narnia, like the scores/themes for movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Superman, etc. They did, however, give a nod to it near the beginning where the melody played briefly on a shot of the ship, but they should have used the score throughout to give it the grand feel of the first two movies. Music goes a long way for a movie. My second comment is that the film just didn’t have the grandeur of the first two – the music again has something to do with it, but also the flow and the editing of it seemed a bit off. On the positive side, I liked how they were faithful to the book in a lot of the key parts/messages, and they did a great job casting Eustace and some of the support players. Of course, the main stars are spot on still! The change in Reepicheep’s voice seems to also have affected the way his character was played – not as feisty/aggressive as PC .. but maybe because he’s a bit older/wiser! I’ll go see it again some time soon to reevaluate it. Keep in mind I am being picky – I loved the movie and it’s a zillion times better than most of the garbage that comes out of Hollywood.

    • Princess Jennifer says:

      I haven"t seen it, but I bet the whole thing was good !!!!!

      • WarriorOfNarnia says:

        I disagree with you Darren, with all do respect, I think that the VDT score is brilliant. The reason they changed the themes is because David Arnold wanted his own turn to make up themes. I love all the real Narnian themes. I really wish they used the wardrobe theme when the snow started falling in the Magician house. I do agree with the statement about garbage from Hollywood though!

  • son of adam says:

    Finally!! I saw it for 5th time!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    The Silver Chair, I’m waiting for you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Alambil and Tarvis says:

    Okay, I’ve already posted here twice, but I’m going to be really obnoxious because I love this series and I want to see it continue.

    GO SEE VDT. If you’re still on here, reading spoiler comments when you haven’t gone out to see it ONCE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?! Really…why are you still reading my comment…stop reading my comment…GO SEE THE MOVIE NOW.

    AND BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

    Okay, seriously. Why are you still sitting staring at your computer screen?! Do I have to get Reepicheep to start waving his sword at everybody? Honestly…I WILL get him, and he is not afraid to use that sword…

  • ymk says:

    Just saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader yesterday and absolutely loved it! It was definitely different from the first two – style, pace, etc. but it was still very good. I saw it in 3D as it was the only format showing in our theaters. The dialogue was a bit choppy and dry in the beginning but it soon picked up pace. While the movie’s storyline re-arranged some adventures, I thought the overall storytelling was still very good. The most touching scene for me came at the end, when Lucy and Edmund were told that they were not returning to Narnia. The last scene in the bedroom was the moist poignant of all three Narnia films, so far. The look on Edmund’s face as he realized he had grown up and Lucy’s heartbroken look that she will not see Narnia again really tugged at my heartstrings. Overall, it was a great adventure film and it was nice to see Lucy and Edmund grown up. I am hoping that they make the rest of the movie.

    The only thing that was puzzling to me is Caspian’s accent. In Prince Caspian, he had a "mediterranean" accent. In Dawn Treader, Caspian had an English accent. I wonder why?

  • ymk says:

    Just adding to my first post – watching the film in 3D definitely made it look beautiful. While there weren’t a lot of the usual 3-D gimmicks, 3D gave the scenes depths of field that just made the whole film look enchanting. Even watching the end credits, with Pauline Baynes’ illustrations in 3D was a delight!

    VODT definitely had a lot of heart and lessons to tell and I think it was successful in doing that, even if some of the book’s deeply thematic elements were shortened in the film.

  • claireyy says:

    the voyage of the dawn treader was great!
    i really hope they make the silver chair soon!!

  • Anhun says:

    Some good(ish?) news on the money front. From early on, Box Office Mojo has been comparing Dawn Treader to the noted fantasy-flop The Golden Compass. But Dawn Treader seems to have stronger legs. By the end of this week (week 3) VDT’s domestic gross should pull ahead of GC’s final domestic gross for it’s entire 7 week run.

    Also, movies’ weekend earnings usually go up New Years Weekend. This happened with LWW, GC and Eragon. So VDT should pull ahead of Eragon as well. Maybe it will do much better by the end, enough for people to start comparing it to Caspian? Here’s hoping. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • claireyy says:

    were people anxious about the dawn treader when prince caspian came out? just wondering

    • Anhun says:

      No, concrete plans for Dawn Treader were already underway. Disney was planning to make most or all of the series at the time.

      Then, PC proved to be a bad investment and Disney dropped the series altogether. When Fox took over, they decided to green light the movies one by one, based on the success of the series.

  • nervousfan says:

    Personally, I’m worried about the rumors indicating that there will be no Silver Chair up in the big screen. I have enjoyed watching the series so far, hoping to watch more. Unlike most Disney movies this one doesn’t make me scrunch up or snore at all the sugar-like quotations. Plus, the action just makes it more fun to watch. Although like another person somewhere here said, it takes way too long to produce one installment after the other. Which can cause the depletion of interested viewers.

    I just hope Silver Chair won’t take long. More on to I hope it will actually produce a trailer.

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