GOLDEN COMPASS DROPS 65 PERCENT IN SECOND WEEKEND

It looks like the compass is pionting south after pulling in $9 million over the weekend, landing in third place. (Box Office Mojo)

From E Online: New Line, meanwhile, was the woozy-feeling patient after its would-be franchise starter The Golden Compass (third place, $9 million) fell off a cliff, down 65 percent from a disappointing debut weekend. So far, the $180 million fantasy film is the unwanted fruitcake of the holiday season, having taken in just $41 million overall. (It has performed stronger overseas; so, perhaps any sequels could be made expressly for Slovakia.) (E Online)