On opening weekend the atheist assault on the Christmas season, “The Golden Compass,” bombed at the box office taking in only $25,783,232 at latest count. The trilogy’s plot is about two children on a quest to kill God, which Philip Pullman wrote in a jealous response to C. S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
By comparison, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” earned $65,556,312 on its opening weekend and earned an approximate total of $800 million worldwide, proving that Christian viewers will indeed bring in the big bucks despite Hollywood’s anti-values drumbeat.
Because of “Compass'” very soft opening on a weekend with no competition, sources from New Line, the studio, have already been quoted saying that they are unsure the next movie in the trilogy will get a green light.
“Prince Caspian” is coming out in 2008.
The New Yorker has described Pullman as one of England’s most outspoken atheists. The Washington Post quoted him in 2001 as saying, “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.” He continues “I’m not in the business of offending people.”
I think that he does a fine job of offending Christians for an amateur.