'Golden Compass' 2007's Biggest Bomb?

I guess the movie isn’t following in the book’s successful footsteps:

SATURDAY AM: Friday night only $8.6 million from 3,528 theaters with anemic per screen average. Weekend estimate for $27 million. Cost of movie: $200+ million. Wildly expensive flop should sink New Line Cinema chairman Bob Shaye’s chances to stay on when his contract expires in 2008…


I recently re-read the book and will offer my thoughts here soon.  Now, I wonder if I should spend the money to see the movie.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

1 Comment

  1. In the blockbuster fantasy franchise business, there are three huge successes: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia. And three bombs: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Eragon, and now Golden Compass. That should be enough data to draw sweeping conclusions!

    The three successes include two New Zealand productions, and a UK production with zero American actors. Could it be… the less Hollywood, the more box office?

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