New Line Cinemas The Golden Compass
passed the $100 million mark in international
box office gross Wednesday as the film continues
its successful worldwide run since opening earlier
opening in the number one position in 23 territories,
the fantasy adventure film has continued to
play well with notable performances in the United
Kingdom ($26.7 million), Spain ($11.4 million),
France ($10.3 million), Germany ($9.8 million),
Russia ($6.8 million) and Asia ($11.3 million),
including a spectacular $3.5 million in its
South Korean debut (opening day and previews).
The Golden Compass will release in India
on 4 January 2008.
Line Worldwide distribution and marketing president
and COO Rolf Mittweg says, "We are
very pleased to see the film open at number
one in so many territories, but its even
more encouraging to have such strong holds.
Weve always viewed The Golden Compass
as a global property."
fantasy adventure is set in an alternative world
populated by talking bears who fight wars, witches,
Gyptians, and daemons. In the world of The
Golden Compass, a persons soul lives
on the outside of their body in the form of
a daemon, an animal spirit that accompanies
them through life.
the center of the story is Lyra played by newcomer
Dakota Blue Richards, a 12-year-old girl who
starts out trying to rescue a friend
and winds up on an epic quest to save not only
her world, but ours as well. The cast includes
Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott and