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New Narnia film tops US box office

The latest Narnia film has sailed to the top of the US box office, beating Angelina Jolie's film The Tourist.

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, the third in the franchise based on C.S. Lewis' fantasy novels, took in 24.5 million US dollars in America, according to studio estimates.

Johnny Depp and Angelina's romantic thriller The Tourist opened in second place with 17 million.

Dawn Treader revenues showed a huge drop from 2005's The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, which took in 65.6 million over opening weekend, and 2008's Prince Caspian, which did 55 million.

But with the film topping 80 million in 85 countries overseas, for a worldwide total of 105.5 million, executives at distributor 20th Century Fox said they are making good headway toward recouping the movie's budget of just under 150 million.

"We had a huge task ahead of us to resurrect this franchise and get movie-goers back to that feeling of affection they had for the first movie. I think all the evidence says we've accomplished that," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox, which took over the Narnia series when Disney dropped it after the second movie.

Dawn Treader follows the adventures of some of the Pevensie siblings from the first two films as they take a magical sea voyage with their royal pal Caspian. Liam Neeson again provides the voice of talking lion Aslan.

The previous weekend's No 1 movie, Disney's animated musical Tangled, slipped to third place with 14.6 million dollars, raising its US total to 115.6 million.

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