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“Chronicles of Narnia” sets sights on “Potter” ahead of world premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The seventh and penultimate “Harry Potter” film continues to rule the box office charts, though pundits already are looking ahead to the next fantasy franchise based on a very popular literary series.

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is about to launch its third installment, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” at a world premiere event in London, and HollywoodNews.com will be on the red carpet in Leicester Square later this week to capture all of the excitement. We’ll have plenty of photos and up-to-the-minute posts regarding the premiere, with cast and crew interviews coming to the site as the movie’s opening approaches.

Analysts already are wondering how “Dawn Treader” will fare at the box office. The series’ first film, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” did very well, earning $291.7 million. But its sequel, “Prince Caspian,” fell short of that number, grabbing only $141M in 2008.

“There certainly will be an audience for this picture. I just don’t think it is going to restore the franchise to its former glory,” said Brandon Gray of Boxofficemojo.com.

“Caspian” possibly ran into stiff summer competition. “Dawn Treader” also will face off against Disney’s “Tron: Legacy,” another “Meet the Parents” film, and the “Harry Potter” hangover. But the effects look fantastic, and I’m really hoping the “Dawn Treader” story lives up to the “Lion” legacy.

Plenty more on “Dawn Treader” from the U.S. and London as the week progresses.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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