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Narnia tops US and UK box offices
Georgie Henley (l) and James McAvoy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The film also features the voices of Dawn French and Liam Neeson
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has topped the UK and US box offices following its opening weekend.

The adaptation of the CS Lewis book took $67.1m (38m) in the US and Canada, and 9m in the UK and Ireland in its first three days.

Narnia's US opening was the second highest debut ever for December.

It was number one in 11 more countries, taking a further $26m (14.5m), says industry paper Screen International.

Only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King had a higher December US debut, taking $72.6m (41.2m) in 2003.

In Spain, Narnia made $7.5m (4.2m) - the third ever highest opening for a non-sequel film - in Germany it took $6m (3.4m), while in Mexico it was $5.9m (3.3m).

Magical world

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, starring Tilda Swinton and James McAvoy, is the first of the Chronicles of Narnia series to be made into a feature film.

The Disney film follows the Pevensie children, who discover a wardrobe which is a gateway to the magical land of Narnia.

"This is one of those movies that's playing to everybody, and everybody is loving it," said Disney's Chuck Viane.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth film in the series

Paul Dergarabedian, president of US box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations, said the strong debut meant ticket sales were up by nearly 17% over the same weekend last year.

Syriana, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, came in at number two in the US list, while Harry Potter slipped to third.

The Potter film, which has dominated the box office for the last three weeks, took $10.3m (5.8m), bringing its US box office haul to $244m (138.5m).

The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, topped $77m (43.7m) during its fourth weekend in US cinemas.

Family comedy Yours, Mine & Ours, starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, took the number five spot with $5.2m (2.95m), bringing its total sales to $40.9m (23m) in three weeks.

Oscar hopefuls Brokeback Mountain and Memoirs of a Geisha opened in only a handful of US cities, ahead of wider releases later this month.


SEE ALSO:
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18 Nov 05 |  Magazine
Potter faces Narnia fantasy challenge
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