The Box Office Chronicles of Narnia

May 16, 2008 | By Clint Froehlich | Creative

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I’m pretty bullish on the box office prospects of Walt Disney and Walden Media’s second installment of their blockbuster Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Prince Caspian. Though it looks just as bland and visually uninspired as the first attempt (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), critics are weighing in with mostly positive reviews, pointing out in particular the tighter narrative and increased sense of gravitas. I suppose the latter is appropriate for a movie about anthropomorphic rodents and Jesus-Lions. Speaking of Jesus, click here.

The usual suspects are predicting around $80 million for this juggernaut, a solid improvement over the first film’s $65 million opening in December 2005. I’m not 100% confident with my prediction, but I’d peg Prince Caspian more in the $90-100 million range. Iron Man has breathed new life into a dull spring box office, and Speed Racer clearly wasn’t the blockbuster Hollywood was hoping for. Families are ready for some lightly drawn Christian allegory – bring on that doe-eyed Prince!

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