'Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ tops box office

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Joe McElderry performs onstage at the Royal World Premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader held at The Odeon Leicester Square on November 30, 2010 in London, United Kingdom.

“The Chronicles of Narnia” topped the weekend box office, but the franchise sank compared to the first two movies in the series.

The third installment of the “Narnia” series, called “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” earned $24.5 million in the U.S. over the weekend.

That’s a sharp drop from the first movie in the franchise, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which brought in $66 million its opening weekend, and part two "Prince Caspian" which drew $55 million. But Disney anticipated the drop after the first two films and let Fox take over the franchise.

The new romantic thriller “The Tourist” starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp opened with $17 million. It finished second even though critics said the big box office stars failed to deliver on-screen magic.

Family films were high on the list this weekend. The animated Disney movie “Tangled” finished in third, bringing in just under $15 million. And “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” conjured up $8.5 million, in fourth place.

Rounding out the top five is the Denzel Washington action film about a runaway train, “Unstoppable.”

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