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Compass not so golden in US chart
The Golden Compass
Dakota Blue Richards (left) beat 10,000 girls to the role of Lyra
Fantasy film The Golden Compass has topped the North American box office despite disappointing ticket sales.

The $180m (89m) movie starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig took $26.1m (12.8m) in its opening weekend.

But distributor New Line Cinema said it was disappointed the film had not pulled in the $30-40m (15-20m) it had hoped for.

Fairytale Enchanted fell to number two taking $10.7m (5.3m), and comedy This Christmas took third with $5m (2.5m).

NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE
1. The Golden Compass - $26.1m (12.8m)
2. Enchanted - $10.7m (5.3m)
3. This Christmas - $5m (2.5m)
4. Fred Claus - $4.66m (2.3m)
5. Beowulf - $4.4m (2.2m)
Source: Media By Numbers

With cinemagoers in the festive spirit, Vince Vaughn comedy Fred Claus rose two places to number four.

Fantasy epic Beowulf fell two places to five, in its fourth week on the chart.

Takings for the Golden Compass plus a generally weak field of films saw overall year-on-year sales down for the fifth consecutive weekend, according to tracking firm Media By Numbers.

The top 12 films in the chart earned $73m, (36m) down 12% from last year.

VOTE RESULTS
Do you plan to see The Golden Compass?
Already seen it!
 21.44% 
It's on my Christmas list
 43.27% 
I'd rather read the book
 35.29% 
25473 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

SEE ALSO
Review: The Golden Compass
07 Dec 07 |  Entertainment
Golden Compass stars feast on fantasy
29 Nov 07 |  Entertainment
Enchanted continues to charm US
03 Dec 07 |  Entertainment
Fairy tale enchants US film fans
26 Nov 07 |  Entertainment
Beowulf tops US box office chart
19 Nov 07 |  Entertainment
Bee Movie in US box office sting
12 Nov 07 |  Entertainment
Gangster beats bees at box office
05 Nov 07 |  Entertainment

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