Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Line Cinema's 'The Golden Compass' Passes $300 Million at Worldwide Box Office

15 Jan 2008 17:30 Africa/Lagos

New Line Cinema's 'The Golden Compass' Passes $300 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Fantasy Epic To Open in Japan March 1

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ --

New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass", starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, crossed the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office and now has a cumulative gross of more than $315 million. The film has earned more than $67 million in the United States since its Dec. 7 opening.

The fantasy epic has performed strongly in various foreign territories -- including the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea and Australia -- where this genre continues to be popular. On March 1, "The Golden Compass" will open in its last major territory -- Japan.

"'The Golden Compass' has immense global appeal," said Rolf Mittweg, President and Chief Operating Officer of Worldwide Distribution and Marketing at New Line Cinema. "The box office revenue has been nothing less than astonishing overseas. With the forthcoming premiere in Japan, we can expect a significant boost to our worldwide box office."

Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning novel, "The Golden Compass" tells the first story in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. The fantasy adventure is written and directed by Chris Weitz, and features an all-star cast of Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green and Dakota Blue Richards.

About New Line Cinema Corporation:

New Line Cinema is the most successful independent film company in the world. Its mission is to produce innovative, popular and profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, merchandising and an international unit. In 2005, New Line partnered with HBO to form Picturehouse, a new theatrical distribution company to release independent films. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line's Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in history. New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc. (TWX).

Candice McDonough (LA) Tracy Lorie (International)
(310) 967-6991 (310) 967-6424

Kerri Chyka (NY)
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Source: New Line Cinema Corporation

CONTACT: Candice McDonough, [LA], +1-310-967-6991,, Tracy Lorie, [International], +1-310-967-6424,, or Kerri Chyka, [NY], +1-212-649-6189,, all of New Line Cinema Corporation

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