Dakota Blue Richards in The Golden Compass courtesy New Line Cinema Dakota Blue Richards in The Golden Compass courtesy New Line Cinema
The Golden Compass topped the weekend box office with $26.1 million - a take described as "modest" when compared to the initial hauls of peers such as
Lord of the Rings ($47.2 million) and Chronicles of Narnia ($65.6 mil). Enchanted placed second with $10.7 million. Rounding out the top five were This Christmas ($5 mil), Fred Claus ($4.7 mil) and Beowulf ($4.4 mil). In limited release, the largely hailed Juno averaged a huge $60,016 per screen, while Atonement averaged $25,528.