Jan. 15, 2006

Global ticket buyers lionize 'Narnia'

With its fourth consecutive weekend in the No. 1 spot internationally, Buena Vista's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" crossed the $580 million boxoffice mark globally, and is increasingly inspiring talk of a new film franchise. The weekend estimate for the adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic is $20.1 million, pushing "Narnia's" total international cume to $319 million (the domestic cume to date is $261.4 million). The international arena's second biggest grosser this weekend was "King Kong, which yielded a weekend estimate of $15 million at 6,900 screens in 57 territories, for a 32-day international cume of $296 million. The Peter Jackson remake had a strong opening in China, $3.1 million at 315 screens, and moved from No. 5 to No. 3 in the U.K. market on Friday with $2.3 million at 438 screens. (Frank Seger/ The Hollywood Reporter)