‘Dawn Treader’ Crosses $300m Overseas

Posted March 21, 2011 10:09 pm by Glumpuddle

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader‘s foreign box office total has exceeded $300m:

But the movie has only grossed $107.3 million in the U.S. and Canada. That’s less than the last two “Narnia” movies, 2005’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and 2008’s “Prince Caspian,” which collected $291.7 million and $141.6 million domestically, respectively.

The first film did fantastically overseas, ending up with $453.3 million. But the third film has already exceeded the international total of “Prince Caspian,” which only took in $278 million in the foreign markets where it played.

“Dawn Treader” has performed well in France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Japan, where despite local tragedy the film grossed $1.4 million this weekend.

These numbers indicate that the film’s worldwide box office total is over $407m, still short of Prince Caspian‘s $420m.

45 Comments For This Story

  • stephenb=huge narniafan says:

    WOW. You know it may not be doing as well as LWW or PC did at the box office, but I’m still surprised that VDT is still making money 4 months after it was released in theatres, especially since alot of people didn’t think it was that great.
    And I’m even more surprised that it’s doing well in Japan, despite the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami that happened their about a week ago.

  • Amanda says:

    VDT actually made more money than PC, because PC’s budget was waaay bigger than VDT’s.

    • Non-Negotiable Comment says:

      No. The final return to the studios will be considerably less than that of ‘Caspian’. Domestic grosses fell 26%, and that’s where the money is. Despite the 3D padding, the domestic take for the first three weeks actually fell 36%, and that is where the studios earn the real coin. ‘Dawn Treader’ has lost considerably less money at the box office, and has performed adequately enough to warrant serious consideration for a (hopefully much, much better) sequel. Losing less, however, is not the same as making more. The studios MUST rethink their domestic strategy. Preferably by producing and marketing a quality film.

      • commonlogic says:

        "The final return to the studios will be considerably less than that of β€˜Caspian’." If by "return" you mean revenue, perhaps, but VDT’s return on investment is considerably more than PC’s. No matter how one slices and dices PC’s boxoffice numbers, there’s no way to make up for that extra 70 million in PC’s budget. Also, no one knows what exactly was spent on marketing, but based on the differences I’ve seen for myself in my area and comments I’ve read from around the country and other parts of the world, I think that it’s safe to bet that millions more were spent on PC’s marketing than on VDT’s.

      • Anhun says:

        $100 million spent on marketing VDT. $175 mil spent on PC.

      • Non-Negotiable Comment says:

        Naturally I mean revenue, and there’s no "perhaps" about it. I’ve said repeatedly that ‘Dawn Treader’ will lose less money. I’ve never disputed that. I simply maintain that it is factually incorrect to state that "VDT actually made more money than PC". Since neither one of them has "made" anything.

    • Reepicheep says:

      VDT was a quality film, it was just undermarketed.

  • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

    how did they expect it t make any money in the US when they did ZERO PROMOTION? black swan had more attention than it. no merchandoising, no interviews, no magazine articles?? it was like a 3rd rate indie film or something. i’ve never seen such a lack of advertising for a major motion picture in my life!!

    • Talvi says:

      This exactly!!! What were they thinking? There was hardly any true marketing at all! D: And the little marketing they did was so awfully second-rate/badly photoshopped…And then Fox wonders why a lot of people didn’t know of the movie’s release…

      • Anhun says:

        If I hadn’t been following the movie online, there’s no way I would have gone to see it based on the promotion I saw.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        I estimate maybe 4% of americans were aware of the movie for opening weekend. And, here i am , a narnai fanatic, looking for a VDT shirt to wear to the opeining weekend, and never even knew there was a FOX SHOP online selling shirts and mugs. Who even knew it existed? and if youre searching all over and can’t find anything, what about a casual fan? FAIL

    • American Eagle says:

      They spent $100M on advertising… not sure what ya’ll are saying.

      Congrats on $300M overseas, VDT!

    • Anhun says:

      Actually, Black Swan got word of mouth, aka "buzz," not so much commercial promotion, or "hype."

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        a perfect example of a movie with no promo budget, but maximized free avenues, such as magazine interviews and talk shows. did any of the cast do any interviews on tv talk shows, AT ALL? except liam on the view after the movie opened????

    • narnianelv says:

      I don’t know what the marketing was like in your area, but where I live(TN) it was ALL OVER THE PLACE. Huge billboards everywhere, you couldn’t listen to the radio for more than 30min w\o hearing a commercial for it, and I saw multiple interviews with Georgie Henley and Will Poulter. As for magazine articles, I don’t read alot of magazines so I’m not really qualified to speak on this point, but I do remember ALOT of links to magazine articles on the narniaweb homepage in the days leading up to the movie’s release. I actually thought the marketing was better for this movie than Caspian.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        well they totally gave up on the northeast and focused on "the bible belt". I heard almost NOTHING in new york, and i was watching for it.

  • Gleeokan says:

    Extraordinary!

  • jag says:

    Why are these numbers soo completely different to anythin seen on sites like Box Office Mojo and the like??? i mean 107.3mill domestically??? BOM is still tracking Dawn Treader daily and only has its domestic total at 104.4mill… and they just updated thier foreign totals and VDT only stands at 299.9 mill… so who do we believe??? I hope that these are the correct numbers?

    • Cal says:

      I have never understood the devotion to BOM that some fans do. Hollywood Reporter which is way more respected and prestigeous than BOM has always reported higher figures than BOM. The critic of THR is always listed as one of the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, not the critic from BOM. That should tell us something right there.

  • Dian says:

    please come to indonesia. im big fan narnians! pleasee! πŸ™‚

    • Princess Lucy says:

      didn’t it come to indonesia….whens it coming out?…i really feel for you…its a nice film πŸ™‚

  • Alaisdair says:

    VDT gets released on blu-ray and DVD in Australia in 2 days! hopefully this will push sales up here

    • ~Blue skies~ says:

      Maybe. I’m torn about buying it since I didn’t enjoy it, but I’d hate to see a Narnian movie missing from my collection. (But this also depends on the DVD artwork, if it’s pretty, I can look at it without watching it quite happily.)

    • Princess Lucy says:

      No wayyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!…its weird theres no advertising of it anywhere even on tv…but with other films they advertise them all over the place…pathetic!..thankyou for telling us…….

      • nic says:

        Released on the 30th here (NZ) The dvd art for 2 disc is awesome. It is different depending on region. If like another region art better & hardcore fan, buy that one on net and get region free dvd player adjustment. The art really makes you want to watch the film, is best out of three by far in capturing essence of film to me – everyone enjoy the dvd!

    • Lucy says:

      No fair, how come you guys get it before us in the USA?

      • yeo15 says:

        it’s because VDT hasn’t faired well in the US. They made more money here – overseas. Fair Enough.

    • Ionic Bonding Rocks says:

      I heard NONE of this! I can’t believe I didn’t hear anythng about the release date in Australia! They need to let us know about this sort of stuff, so that the fans can save up and be ready to buy!
      … even more proof they need stronger advertising!

  • elton says:

    this is very good news

  • reepicheep's_fangirl says:

    Amazing! See, this goes to show you all, myself included, to never say never πŸ˜‰
    haha
    So anyways, I’m very proud of VDT for all the progress it made! April 7th is coming up! I can’t wait to watch VDT on DVD!! πŸ˜€

  • Michael says:

    Welll, slow and steady wins the race!! πŸ™‚

  • DanielmyBrother says:

    400 million is not bad when lot of the critics panned it. But I’m happy for the movie and hopefully the series will be completed.

  • Not Of This World says:

    Wow! This is great! I don’t know how much they where expecting, but to me, just over 400 million dollars is a lot of money πŸ™‚ On another note, lets all keep praying for Japan πŸ™

    • Anhun says:

      On the one hand, I hear you. I would love to get 400 million dollars. Makes my mortgage look like a cheap tip. πŸ˜€

      On the other hand, I haven’t spent 255 million lately.

  • commonlogic says:

    After the opening, I doubt most critics would have thought it would reach 300 million, much less 400 million.

  • Swordebrithil12 says:

    Let’s hope it does even better.

  • narnian resident says:

    im happy for this. i dont know what else to say πŸ™‚

  • freya says:

    Somebody please enlighten me. Does the PC number include DVD/Blu-ray sales, or is it just theater ticket sales? And won’t Fox still make lots of money on VDT from exactly that? I have to say though, that it’s had a bit of tough luck. The release weekend in US was destroyed because of a blizzard, and right after the Japan release came the tragic earthquake. Marketing here in Norway was okay, and it did really well in the theaters.

  • Reepicheep says:

    This is agonizing watching it getting so close to Caspian’s numbers, hopefully Fox doesn’t pull the plug on its cinematic run before it gets there.

  • claireyy says:

    about the marketing part, i saw the trailer only once on tv, and i didn’t really care about it until i watched the older movies again and found out that there was another one.
    i can’t really believe that they used 100 million for marketing; like where did all the advertisements go?