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''Narnia'' will dethrone ''Potter.'' After three straight weeks at No. 1, Harry will get beat by a lion and a witch

CHILD'S PLAY (From left) Narnia 's Georgie Henley, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, and Skandar Keynes
Image credit: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Phil Bray
CHILD'S PLAY (From left) Narnia's Georgie Henley, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, and Skandar Keynes

The holiday movie season gets back into high gear this weekend with the arrival of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which stands to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

Based on the beloved C.S. Lewis book, Narnia has a kid-friendly PG rating and Christian overtones that will appeal to families across the country. Add to that the teenage fans who'll show up for the special effects and you have a debut that could soar to $50 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. releases the political drama Syriana in around 1,200 theaters after a few weeks of limited release, and the ensemble film, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, should see a gross of $12 million.

Harry Potter will finally fall from its perch atop the box office chart, slipping to $11 million, while Aeon Flux and Walk the Line will each add $6 million to their coffers. But the top five will see a major shakeup with the arrival of King Kong next Wednesday.

Originally posted Dec 08, 2005
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