The Golden Compass crosses $100 mn mark


MUMBAI: New Line Cinema’s The Golden Compass has passed the $100 million mark in international box office gross Wednesday as the film continues its successful worldwide run since its Dec. 7 opening.


After opening to 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 has yet to open in Australia and New Zealand (26 December), parts of South America (20-25 December), India (4 January), and Japan (1 March).


“We’re very pleased to see the film open at number one in so many territories, but it’s even more encouraging to have such strong holds. We’ve always viewed The Golden Compass as a global property,” said New Line Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, President and COO, Rolf Mittweg.


The Golden Compass star cast includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott (Ghost Rider), Eva Green (Casino Royale) and the voices of Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings), Ian McShane (Deadwood), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kathy Bates (Charlotte’s Web), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Gosford Park). The film is written and directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Antz) and produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro.


A fantasy adventure, the film 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 person’s soul lives on the outside of their body in the form of a daemon, an animal spirit that accompanies them through life. At 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.