"Compass" still golden at foreign box office

Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:01am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fast running out of steam in North America, "The Golden Compass" led the foreign box office for a second weekend, while new domestic champ "I Am Legend," rolled up huge returns in eight Asian markets.

"Compass" pulled in $29 million from 44 territories, taking its total to $90 million after two weekends. It retained the lead in Britain ($6.3 million; market total, $25.2 million), Germany ($3.3 million; market total, $9.2 million), and Spain ($3 million; market total $11.5 million).

In North America, the family fantasy has earned $41 million to date, losing two-thirds of its opening-weekend audience.

"I Am Legend" and "Bee Movie" tied for the No. 2 spot with $20 million each. But the latter's tally was drawn from 44 territories, half of them new. The biggest of the fresh territories were the U.K. ($4.4 million) and France ($3 million). The total for the Jerry Seinfeld cartoon now stands at $58 million.

The Will Smith sci-fi thriller "I Am Legend," which set a December opening record in North America with a $76.5 million bow, also debuted at No. 1 in seven of its eight Asian markets, including Japan ($6.4 million), South Korea ($6.3 million) and Taiwan ($2.4 million).

"Enchanted" was No. 4 with $16 million from 28 markets, lifting its total to $54.9 million. The musical fantasy opened at No. 2 in the U.K. with $5.2 million.

"Hitman" was No. 5 with $7.4 million from 51 markets, raising its overseas total to $35 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Cast members, from L-R, Dakota Blue Richards, French actress Eva Green and British actor Daniel Craig pose during a photocall for director Chris Weitz's film "The Golden Compass" at the 60th Cannes Film Festival May 21, 2007. REUTERS/Yves Herman</p>