Hadn’t heard about The Golden Compass for some time, so out of curiosity I looked up the current box office results.
Probably only two numbers need much attention:
- Total to date: $65,664,496
- Production Budget: $180,000,000
With last weekend’s numbers less than $3M, this turkey looks pretty solidly dead at the box office.
Hopefully this means that 1) the sequels won’t be made and 2) the publishers who were betting on a big bump in sales for the His Dark Materials franchise are very unhappy with the financial ramifications of that decision right now.
In checking this out I found two funny posts (unless your a New Line shareholder) by Ray Fowler:
The current results for Alvin and pals is
- Total to date: $176,283,861
- Production Budget $60,000,000
So Mr. Pullman was smoked by a few animated rodents.
Of course, while the apparent demise of the films as a franchise at this time is great news, prior to all this the books themselves had already sold quite a bit. And in all of the publicity run-up to the movie release, they did pick up new distribution partners.
Scholastic Books, in particular, pushed His Dark Materials pretty hard to elementary and middle schools all across the country, including (ironically enough) parochial schools.
So ongoing caution and clear, simple straightforward education about what these books really propose will remain in order indefinitely. As always, truth is on our side.
In any case I think this is a clear example of how prayer, action, and education have paid off well. Of course, it helps when the filmmakers make a boring flick as well!