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Box Office – Prince Caspian Almost Flops

money-bagPrince Caspian usurped the box office crown from Iron Man this weekend. But even though it toppled the iron giant with a $56m total, the $200m fantasy epic earnt $15m less than projected. The problem is, once you pass The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, how many Narnia books can anyone name? With a stronger overseas performance likely, as happened first time round, expect the series to continue anyway.

No other films were given wide release this weekend which is pretty odd, even during a summer season when blockbusters are normally well spaced out. It may have something to do with Indy starting midnight Wednesday. Still it leaves us just a little bit more time to look back again at Speed Racer‘s colossal crash last week and shake our collective heads.

Iron Man’s stockpile continues to grow – The movie has now amassed $225m, which means it will shortly overtake X Men 3 and move into the top 50 highest grossing films of all time.

[1] The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – $56,573,000 (NEW)
[2] Iron Man – $31,200,000
[3] What Happens in Vegas – $13,850,000
[4] Speed Racer – $7,645,000
[5] Baby Mama – $4,593,000
[6] Made of Honor – $4,500,000
[7] Forgetting Sarah Marshall – $2,538,000
[8] Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay – $1,800,000
[9] The Forbidden Kingdom – $1,000,000
[10] The Visitor – $687,000

By: Tyler Lovemark
Source: Box Office Mojo

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  • stinkingbob said

    I don’t know who in the hell gave the red light to start producing the movie Speed Racer. Didn’t they know it would flop from the start? I mean, I saw the previews for it and it looked sh*tty. Yet, they shelved Postal. Go figure.

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  • Dol said

    I really hope it flops enough to end the franchise, like The Golden Compass. Then, 20 years from now, someone talented can try again.

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  • stinkingbob said

    Well, I have to disagree with you on that one.
    I saw the Golden Compass and I liked it very much. I can’t wait for the 2nd part to come out this year.
    Same thing with Chron of Narnia. I think that there is a lack of good movies for kids with a lot of action to it. Disney movies don’t count as they are too tame.
    One series that I really hate is Harry Potter. I would have liked it better but the movies are too long. I remember the first one being almost 3 hours long. Not enough action, too much talk.

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  • "fanatic" said

    Its very simple, really, why PC did poorly at the box office compared to the first Narnia movie Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    All of the loyal narnia fans, called by Andrew “fanatics” were extremely disappointed with the film. We “fanatics” either watched it only once (got very upset, and did NOT spend hundreds of dollars to take all our friends&family to see it as we did for LWW.) or we boycotted it entirely after seeing some clips and hearing the plot from our friends.

    They mangled Peter. They mangled Susan. They mangled Caspian. They mangled the Telmarines. And they mangled Aslan. For starters…if they wanted action…there was the whole Miraz-usurping-the-throne deal when Caspian was a small child. There was also the mysterious reason for why Susan is losing her faith throughout the book. There is Peter’s character, which exemplifies sanctification and faith, especially when he fights the duel. It would NOT have made a poor movie. There was ALOT there.

    But Adamson scrapped all those themes for a teeny-bopper action flick. Whoever wrote the script had no idea what true faith was. Romance was portrayed as a temporary/irresponsible/hormonal thing (no sense of restraint, self-control, or faithfulness). And of course, Hollywood can’t stand a real male hero leader, so Peter had to be mangled into “just one of us”. Well, it didn’t do as well as LWW, which actually stayed true to the themes of the book.

    Because there really was so much depth/meaning/symbolism/inner struggle going on in the book. But the scriptwriters were blockheads.

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