Moviegoers will see all sorts of miracles in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” including a painting that springs to life, a star that becomes incarnate, and a book that conjures up spells. The companies behind the latest big-screen adaptation from C.S. Lewis’ classic book series hope the film will perform a different kind of miracle: revive a stalled franchise.

Producers Walden Media and 20th Century Fox believe that the third “Narnia” picture, which opens Dec. 10, can reclaim the fans who embraced 2005’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” but who were turned off by the darker 2008 sequel “Prince Caspian,” whose comparatively poor performance raised serious doubts about the series’ future.

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