New Line's fantasy epic "The Golden Compass" looks to strike gold at the European box office this weekend with openings in major territories U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Russia.
Hoping to chart a new film franchise, New Line opens "The Golden Compass" in 3,528 theaters this weekend.
New Line's fantasy epic "The Golden Compass" got off to a fast start on opening day in Blighty, pulling $1.9 million at 502 sites Wednesday.
Family orientated Hollywood fare such as "Fred Claus," "Bee Movie" and "Enchanted" performed well in Europe, while Italos auds favored local flavors.
Johnnie To's "Mad Detective" was the surprise winner at the Hong Kong box office this weekend, while "Beowulf" dropped to sixth place.
"Beowulf" remained king of the foreign box office, winning for the third straight weekend with $19.4 million at 6,700 playdates in 60 markets.
Disney's "Enchanted" was princess of the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing its cume to $70.6 million in its first 12 days of release and putting the pic on track to be a…
Disney's "Enchanted" continued to serenade auds for the top spot at the Friday box office, grossing $4.9 million from 3,730 theaters.
Israeli cinema crossed a major milestone this year, with Israeli films selling more than 1 million tickets at the box office in the country for only the second time in the last twenty years.
Robert Zemeckis' animated digital 3-D epic "Beowulf" howled its way to a strong soph sesh at the international box office, nabbing an impressive $26 million from 5,400 runs in 43 markets.
Hollywood fare is set to dominate much of Europe this weekend, with the possible exceptions of Germany and Italy, where local pics are likely to top the charts.