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Narnia Treads Lightly; The Tourist Is Held-Up In Customs - Week 6

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Tron: Legacy
Megamind
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Due Date
Yogi Bear 3D
Unstoppable
The Tourist
NARNIA TREADS LIGHTLY; THE TOURIST IS HELD-UP IN CUSTOMS

After the previous weekend's meager offering of The Warrior's Way, it was certain audiences were going to come flooding back this week to welcome the two new big-budget attractions. Instead, ride operators were called in as both rides appeared to be broken.

The third Narnia film looks like it might be the final one after debuting with $24 million. That's $40 and $30 million less than the last two films opened with. If that trend continued, then The Silver Chair would open with $4 million in 2012, so I think The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be The Last Battle after all.

The first Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp film might also be their last pairing… Well, at least until Even More Grumpy Old Men in 2040. The Tourist ended up looking like the flip-side of Knight & Day (instead of crazy rouge agent Tom Cruise taking along ditzy Cameron Diaz for a ride, here we had crazy rouge agent Angelina taking along ditzy Depp for a ride) and folks apparently seemed to treat it with the same indifference. A yawn-inducing $16.5 million opening for two of the "biggest stars in the world" is never what publicists and managers want to hear on Monday morning, yet with multiple Golden Globe nominations, at least the Hollywood Foreign Press who didn't have to pay for their tickets loved it!

While old favorites like Tangled and HP7 dropped 34% and 50% respectively, let's say good-bye to some of those November left-overs that are starting to stink-up the fridge.

If only the aliens in Skylight had used those new energy efficient bulbs, maybe they would've lasted longer.

It didn't even take one day to completely forget about The Next Three Days.

If Burlesque's job was to be more successful than Glitter, mission accomplished. If it was to be the next Chicago, it was more like the next Barstow.

The producers for Love and Other Drugs will need some of those other drugs to help recover from this flick.

Dwayne Johnson found he keeps moving Faster toward a career of family-films, though that still beats being in a sweaty headlock from The Undertaker. Ooh, or maybe he and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin could face off in Expendables 2!

The Top Five If Today Was MLK Day:
#1. Harry Potter 7: Part 1 - $257.7 million
#2. MegaMind - $140.2 million
#3. Tangled - $115.4 million
#4. Due Date - $94.9 million
#5. Unstoppable - $74.2 million

This Week
The internet has been abuzz with rumblings of a Tron sequel or reboot for years. While I personally wondered what the "buzz" was about since the first one wasn't so good, that hasn't stopped geeks from getting their light cycles on and assuming greatness from Tron Legacy. Disney has done its part and marketed the film to death and so now the question comes… Does anyone besides the geeks care? If not, it should still do well if not spectacular. If so, the market is wide-open for a big special-effects film that can claim the season as its own. Obviously, the Lord of the Rings movies, King Kong, and Avatar all did well in this late-December position. Disney's banking on Tron doing the same.

While Disney's going "hardcore," Warner Bros. is setting-up the kiddie table with Yogi Bear. WB's last effort in mining old properties for new audiences didn't go so well with Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Can they capture that Alvin and the Chipmunk crowd or will this fall on Fat Albert ears?

Perhaps the best thing I've read in the last few weeks was a headline saying How Do You Know Your Poster Sucks. I thought this was going to be an article detailing ineffective movie one-sheets. Instead, when I clicked all I found was a picture of the completely innocuous, generic How Do You Know movie poster. Oh, this was actually just a statement, not a headline… How Do You Know, your poster sucks! Along those same lines, when your marketing campaign consists of a movie poster with four non-descript and unconnected photos of the cast with a premise that is also completely unexplained, it's really hard for anyone to get excited about your flick. After a season that's already given us Morning Glory, Love and Other Drugs, and The Tourist, we can probably already chalk this one up to Hollywood trying to through everything together into one film and just hoping it works. Luckily, we've seen this movie before so we can just skip all the sequels.

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/13/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Due Date, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Megamind, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Tourist, Tron: Legacy, Unstoppable, Yogi Bear 3D
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