Thursday, December 07, 2006

Current Total Earnings

Total Box Office Earnings to Date:

Domestic: $291,710,957
Foreign: $453,073,000
Worldwide: $744,783,957

Monday, May 01, 2006

"LWW" is now 20th highest grossing film ever

According to this article at NarniaWeb, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe brought its worldwide box office total up to $739.6 Millon last week and passed "The Matrix: Reloaded" to become the 20th highest grossing film of all time. Internationally, according to Reuters, the film has now earned an estimated $448 Million after a $1.5 Million weekend. Domestically, the film has earned $291.6 Million, moving ahead of "The Empire Strikes Back."

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Narnia nominated for the Oscars!

Narnia won the Oscar for Achievement in Makeup, which were given to Howard Berger and Tami Lane! Congratulations!

You can also read Howard's and Tami’s special online thanks here.

Click here to view the Press Room interview with Howard Berger and Tami Lane .

Click here to see more pictures from the Oscars in our image gallery.

From January 31:

According to this report, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has received three Academy Award nominations!

Achievement in Makeup
Achievement in Sound Mixing
Achievement in Visual Effects

See the full list of nominees here.

The film has already been nominated for awards in similar categories from the Visual Effects Society, the Motion Picture Sound Editors group, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The Academy Award winners will be announced at the ceremony on March the 5th.

Thanks to NarniaWeb for the announcement!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Aslan's Role Model and more...

Here is an article that talks about how the animators for Aslan used Gregory Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" as one of their models.

It also discusses about how the Special Effects team worked on various aspects of the film, and how they've been busy taking in their Oscar nomination and working on the Special Edition DVD set to release in April.

Last, but not least, they talk a bit about how
Prince Caspian is moving forward and that the team will rejoin the new movie effort--and quickly.

Narnia Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards

From Dark Horizons:

The Chronicles of Narnia has received eight nominations for this year’s Saturn Awards nominations. "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" received 10 nominations and "Batman Begins" received 9. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" also received 8 nominations.

In the television categories, "Lost" and "Smallville" received a total of 6 nominations each. "Battlestar Galactica" garnered 4 nominations while "Stargate SG-1" and "The Triangle" received 3 nominations each.

The Academy was founded in 1972 to honor and recognize genre filmmaking. Over the years, the Academy has expanded their reach to include other film genres. The organization also honors television, home entertainment and video games. The show will take place on May 2 in Universal City. The full list of nominees can be found here.

Thanks to NarniaWeb for the update!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Dedicated Fan

According to this article, Milton Soskin appealed to several theaters to allow him to attend "LWW" dressed as a wardrobe.

"Even though I will be sitting in your cinema dressed like a bedroom ornament, I promise not to draw any unwitting attention to myself," he wrote. "I will not talk during the film ... my mobile phone will most definitely be turned off ... In short I will be the perfect cinema patron. It's just that I will be wearing a wardrobe....I chose the wardrobe because ... when you first see it there is a real sense of wonder about what is on the other side."

Apparently, one theater responded:

"I never heard back from Hoyts. The Dendy told me they weren't screening it but if I wanted to come out of the closet I could come and watch 'Brokeback Mountain,'" Soskin told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday. The Greater Union Megaplex in North Ryde told The Daily Telegraph Soskin could watch a Sunday screening sporting his outfit made of IKEA door handles plywood and gaffer tape free of charge.

Thanks to Chris for the enlightening information!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Latest Box Office Statistics

Approximate Weekend Totals:

December 9, 2005 (Opening Weekend, 2nd highest December opening ever):
Domestic: $67.1 Million
International: $41.7 Million
Worldwide Total: $108.8 Million

December 16, 2005
Domestic: $31.8 Million
International: $46.4 Million
Worldwide Total: $187 Million

December 23, 2005:
Domestic: $31.7 Million (4-day weekend)
International: $49 Million
Worldwide Total: $267.7 Million

December 30, 2005:
Domestic: $38.6 Million
International: $53.5 Million
Worldwide Total: $450.3 Million

January 6, 2006:
Domestic: $15.4 Million
International: $30.6 Million
Worldwide Total: $496.3 Million

January 13, 2006:
Domestic: $10.1 Million
International: $20 Million
Worldwide Total: $526.4 Million

January 20, 2006:
Domestic: $6.2 Million
International: $30 Million
Worldwide Total: $562.6 Million

Monday, January 16, 2006

Looking Closer at "LWW"

Here is a very interesting blog between three main film critics--with some other's comments thrown in--debating and analyzing "LWW."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Read the "LWW" Script

For those of you who are interested, here is the script of the movie, recollected to the best of their abilities by Narnia fans. Click here to read it.

Thanks to the NarniaWebbers for their hard work!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"LWW" DVD Release Update

According to this source, the tentative release date of the "LWW" DVD will be Tuesday, April 11, 2006, right before Easter. There will also be three different editions of the DVD: A deluxe edition, a 2.35:1 widescreen edition, and a 1.33:1 fullscreen edition. An extended version of "LWW" may also be in the works.

Update: The official firm date from Disney Home Video of the DVD release will be April 4, 2006.

Update: "LWW" is the Number One top-selling DVD 0f 2006 thus far--Congratulations! (6/7/06)

Monday, December 19, 2005

Prince Caspian A Go!

Since "LWW" has done so well at the box office after only a couple of weeks--$187 million worldwide at this time--the rumors are that Prince Caspian has been given the greenlight, to be released in December of 2007!

Source Claims Prince Caspian Greenlit
According to a source at Disney who requested anonymity Prince Caspian, the second story in the Chronicles of Narnia, has been greenlit for a December 2007 theatrical release. Disney was hoping for a $60 million opening weekend for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and since the film’s opening exceeded their expectation they are moving forward.

Don’t expect an official announcement until later in the week or possibly as late as January. Adamson hasn’t decided whether he will direct the new film, but most think he will be back. The script is very nearly finished, and the general feeling is that with a lot of the tech in place for the picture (e.g. Aslan) they could start the shoot on New Zealand’s South Island as early as this summer.

A big thanks to ’Pogostick’ for coming forward with this information. Remember to take this news with a grain of salt since it hasn’t been officially confirmed from the studio. We thought you’d like to hear the rumblings from the ground, though.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Narnia movie breaks opening weekend box office record
Earns $109 Million Worldwide

‘Narnia’ roars into box office with $67.1 million

Hollywood Reporter
Updated: 10:41 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Christmas is arriving early this year for Buena Vista as “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” worked its magic on audiences in its debut and warmed up to a dazzling estimate of $67.1 million. Internationally, “Narnia” opened this weekend in 14 markets and generated an estimated $41.7 million, bringing the worldwide cume to a radiant $108.8 million.
The well-reviewed fantasy-adventure film, helmed by Andrew Adamson and based on the first book from the beloved series by author C.S. Lewis, generated the biggest debut ever for the comparable weekend and the second-highest December opening of all time. Only New Line Cinema’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” the final film in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and based on the series written by Lewis’ friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, opened higher ($72.6 million). The other two films in the “Lord of the Rings” series, “The Two Towers” and “The Fellowship of the Ring,” are the third-and fourth-biggest debuts in December, with $62 million and $47.2 million, respectively.
Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures co-produced the PG-rated “Narnia,” which cost about $150 million.

Update: As of 12/27/05, "LWW" has earned $244 Million worldwide.

Friday, December 09, 2005

View the 9-minute supertrailer!

Here is a long 9-minute trailer from Sweden, with several unbefore-shown scenes. If you haven't yet seen the movie, it is well worth viewing.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

A Thorough Review of LWW

Here is a good review of the movie, discussing its strengths as well as its potential shortcomings.

At last, the Pevensies have reached the silver screen. What a joy to see Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—the four siblings of C. S. Lewis's beloved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe—brought to life so vividly. After all of the rumors, the fretting about literary fidelity, and the angst about religious agendas, we can praise director Andrew Adamson and his fine young actors for developing these "Sons of Adam" and "Daughters of Eve" into three-dimensional, engaging characters.

Ebert and Roeper gave it 2 thumbs up!

Read the Washington Post's favorable review here.

The Parents Television Council give their seal of approval to "LWW!" (Note: Cannot be published without prior permission)

For other critic reviews, click here.

Other fan reviews can be found here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Interview with Edmund and Jadis

Read an interview here with the actors who play my brother Edmund and Jadis, the White Witch.

Interview with the Executive Producer, Perry Moore

Here is a good interview with Perry Moore, the Executive Producer of LWW, entitled "A Narnia Geek's Dream Come True."

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Interview with Oreius, the Centaur

Here is an interview with Patrick Kake, who plays the Centaur Oreius.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Two new posters!

Here are the two new poster designs that have been released--one with Aslan and the Pevensie siblings, the other with the White Witch.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Interview with Isis Mussenden, Costume Designer

Here is an interview with "LWW's" costume designer, Isis Mussenden. She gives some interesting insights into how she came to the ideas, inspirations, and decisions she made when it came to the clothing of Narnia.

Raving Review of "LWW"

Here is a favorable review of the movie, A Roaring Magical Hit.

An excerpt:

It is not just a 'must see' but a 'must see again and again'. Where is that sixth star when you need it? Not only does it miraculously do full justice to CS Lewis's classic fantasy, it improves upon it and gives a more sophisticated sense of humour. ...
Despite the long running time (over two hours) I would recommend Narnia even for small children. Whatever your age, this is a magical movie, and far, far classier and more imaginative than I ever dared to hope. More importantly, expect your heart - and the hearts of your children - to soar.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Interview with Mr. Tumnus

Here is an endearing interview with James McAvoy, who plays Tumnus the Faun. (Especially cute is how Georgie, who plays me, makes James deal with his set "frustrations.")

Friday, November 11, 2005

Down to the details

From initial accounts, 'LWW' will be rated PG by the MPAA, and the running time is said to be 2 hours, 10 minutes.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Narnia hits Newsweek

This week's edition of Newsweek features the upcoming movie.
Click here to read their interview with the four actors who play the Pevensie children.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Interview with Doug Gresham

Here is an enlightening interview with Doug Gresham, CS Lewis' stepson and a co-producer of the movie.

Click here to hear an interview with Douglas about the movie.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Creating a soundtrack

The soundtrack for "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" (LWW) is composed and conducted by Harry Gregson-Williams, including a 75-piece orchestra and 140-voice choir. Here is a photo essay covering some of the labors in bringing the music to life.
You can also read an interview with Harry here.
Click here to read another interview with Harry, after he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Dramatic Score. Congrats, Harry!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

New Theatrical Trailer

A fantastic new version of the trailer for "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" (LWW) has been released. Click here to watch.

(The first version, as well as this version, is playable in the margin of this blog under "Multimedia.")

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Interview with the Director

Here is an interview about the movie with Andrew Adamson, the director of "LWW."

Here is another in-depth interview with Andrew (11/13/05).

Here is an inquiring interview well-worth reading with Andrew (11/21/05).

Monday, August 29, 2005

Interview with Peter

Here is an interesting interview with William Moseley, who plays my brother Peter.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Interview with Susan

Here is a great interview with Anna Popplewell, who plays my sister Susan.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The New Narnia Poster

Here is the new Narnia poster for the upcoming movie, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. (LWW) Rumor has it that Liam Neeson has taken Brian Cox's place as the voice of Aslan, but that has not been confirmed, nor has it been listed as part of Liam's filmography at this point.

Update (7/18/05): It's official...Liam Neeson is indeed the voice of Aslan for LWW.