Narnia's 'Dawn Treader' No. 1 at Weekend Box Office

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The latest chapter in "The Chronicles of Narnia" saga sailed to the top of the weekend box office.

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the third in the franchise based on C.S. Lewis' Christian fantasy novels.

The film pulled in more than $24 million in the U.S, which is a lot less than the U.S. opening weekend totals for the first two Narnia films. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," took in $65.6 million over opening weekend in 2005, and 2008's "Prince Caspian" opened with $55 million.

However, the "Dawn Treader" did great overseas, pulling in $80 million for a worldwide total over $105 million.

Executives of the film's distributor 20th Century Fox said they are making good headway toward recouping the movie's budget of just under $150 million.

"We had a huge task ahead of us to resurrect this franchise and get movie-goers back to that feeling of affection they had for the first movie. I think all the evidence says we've accomplished that," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox, which took over the "Narnia" series when Disney dropped it after the second movie finished at $141.6 million domestically, less than half the $291.7 million haul of the first. "I think they all had such a bad taste in their mouth from the last one. That's why we really had our work cut out for us."

"Dawn Treader" follows the adventures of some of the Pevensie siblings from the first two films as they take a magical sea voyage with their royal pal Caspian. Liam Neeson again provides the voice of talking lion Aslan.

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's romantic thriller "The Tourist" opened in second-place with $17 million.

Hollywood, however, remains in a lull as it heads into the Christmas frenzy. Overall revenues totaled $94 million, down 3 percent from the same weekend last year, when "The Princess and the Frog" was No. 1, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

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