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Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale’s boxing drama “The Fighter” was the latest awards contender to put up huge numbers in a limited-release opening. The Paramount film took in $320,000 in four theaters, averaging a whopping $80,000.

“The Fighter” stars Wahlberg as real-life boxer Micky Ward, who overcame harsh family conflicts to earn a title shot in his mid-30s with help from half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale), an ex-fighter whose life unraveled amid crime and crack addiction. The film expands to wide release Friday.

Disney’s Shakespeare adaptation “The Tempest,” with Helen Mirren playing the traditionally male lead of the play, opened modestly with $45,000 in five theaters, for a $9,000 average.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” $24.5 million.

2. “The Tourist,” $17 million.

3. “Tangled,” $14.6 million.

4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” $8.5 million.

5. “Unstoppable,” $3.8 million.

6. “Black Swan,” $3.3 million.

7. “Burlesque,” $3.2 million.

8. “Love & Other Drugs,” $3 million.

9. “Due Date,” $2.55 million.

10. “Megamind,” $2.5 million.

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