By Brendan Swift

The Queensland-shot film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has opened strongly at the local box office after taking more than $3.8 million.

The film, which was the last big-budget Hollywood film to shoot in Australia, posted a screen average of $7790 across its 488 screens. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third in the series epic fantasy series based on the novels by C. S. Lewis.

The film was shot at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast in 2009 after the production was originally slated for Mexico at the Baja Studios water tank, before concerns about security forced the production to shift.

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