This is more a symbolic victory than anything else, given that Harry Potter is about $200 million ahead of Narnia when you look at overseas box office. But still, beating Harry Potter (and King Kong) in the U.S. is a nice validation that the franchise is viable and for real.
I think alot of industry folks, heading into the holiday season, figured Narnia would come in third among the big three releases and didn't know if it would succeed at a "blockbuster" level. Way to go Disney (and Walden Media)!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe finally surpassed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Buena Vista doubled Narnia's theater count over the weekend, pushing the family fantasy's total to $289.8 million versus Goblet's $289.7 million. Goblet still has a $200 million plus advantage when foreign grosses are counted.