SOURCE: New Line Cinema

December 06, 2007 21:59 ET

New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass" Points to Box Office Success in U.K. on Opening Day

Critically Acclaimed Fantasy Epic Earns #1 Spot in 7 Territories; Surpasses UK "Narnia" Opening

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - On its first day of release in the United Kingdom, New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass" starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig scored a major box office success, garnering $1.9 million around the country on Wednesday. The film marks Entertainment Film Distributors' highest opening outside of New Line's "The Lord of the Rings" franchise.

In the UK, "The Golden Compass" out-grossed "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which had a $1.7 million opening in 2005.

So far, the New Line Cinema fantasy epic ranked #1 in seven territories: U.K., Spain, France, Finland, Norway, Thailand and the Philippines.

"The Golden Compass" will be featured on 11,000 screens in 30 territories worldwide, including the United States, where the film premieres on Friday, Dec. 7.

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