Box Office: Prince Caspian Takes the Crown

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN battled its way to the top of the box office kingdom, knocking IRON MAN out of the #1 position (where it had been for two weeks). PRINCE CASPIAN made its bow in 3,929 theatres, earning a handsome $56.57-million.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

So far, the new summer season has seen major film dominate the box office each week, almost to the exclusion of all others (e.g., on its opening IRON MAN made nearly as much as all the other films in release combined). PRINCE CASPIAN continues this young trend with weekend earnings that nearly matched the total of the next four films. However, with IRON MAN still performing strongly, there seems to be some indication that popular films will retain their legs at the box office, and that there are enough ticket buying dollars to make more than one film successful.

IRON MAN flew into second place behind PRINCE CASPIAN. Still showing box office muscle, the superhero film earned $31.2-million, raising its three-week total to $222.48-million.

SPEED RACER crashed and burned in its sophomore circuit around the track, earning slipping from third to fourth place with 47.65-million. That yielded a dismal two-week total of $29.8-million. The films is shaping up to be one of the all-time epic box office disasters. (The much maligned GOLDEN COMPASS seems like a hit in comparison.)

Other sci-fi, fantasy, and borderline titles in the Top Ten include

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL in 7th place with $2.54-million, for a total of $55.01-million.

THE FORBIDDEN KINGOM in 9th place with $1-million, for a five-week total of $50.29-million.

NIM’S ISLAND dropped out of the Top Ten, landing at #11 with $580,000. The film’s seven-week total is $45.25-million.

Read the complete Top Ten here.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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