Holdover titles in the UK generally suffered steep drops at the box office this weekend as The Golden Compass accounted for nearly 60% of the top 20 revenue this weekend.

The fantasy adventure, released through Entertainment Film Distributors, enjoyed an $11.6m (£5.7m) three-day take from 507 sites for a whopping $22,937 (£11,251) site average. The film has generated $14.8m since opening on Wednesday (Dec 5) and marks the seventh highest opening of 2007 in the UK, including previews. It trails behind Shrek The Third, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, The Simpsons Movie, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Spider-man 3 and Transformers - all summer releases.

Warner Bros' Fred Claus was one of the few that suffered a modest drop - the Christmas comedy fell 32% to number two with a $2.6m (£1.3m) take across 458 sites. It boasted the second highest screen average for the weekend at $5,867 (£2,874) per site and has taken $7.7m (£3.8m) after two weekends on release.

Twentieth Century Fox's Hitman fell 50% in its second weekend to number three with a $1.3m (£623,540) take over 350 sites for a $3,637 (£1,782) site average over the weekend. The secret agent thriller has grossed nearly $5m in the territory to date.

Ridley Scott's American Gangster, starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, also fell one place to number four with a $1.02m (£503,018) take from 386 sites. The biopic, distributed through Universal Pictures International (UPI) has grossed $17.5m after four weekends on release.

Warner Bros had another top five hit with Beowulf, which took $689,837 (£337,882) on 378 sites at the weekend. The CGI sensation saw a 61% drop and has taken $13.5m after four weekends.

Local hit Stardust stayed well within the top 10 in its eighth weekend. The fantasy, directed by Matthew Vaughn, fell 62% with a $361,399 (£177,013) take on 317 sites. The film, released through Paramount Pictures International (PPI) is soon set to cross the $30m (£15m) mark in the territory.

Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille is still going strong despite a 62% drop. The animation boasts a $50.2m (£24.6m) tally in its ninth weekend. It generated nearly $300,000 (£150,000) from 357 sites over the three-day period.

A third Warner Bros film - The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - stayed in the top 10 this weekend. The Western drama, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, fell a modest 32% and crept up two places to number eight on the chart. It grossed nearly $250,000 (£123,000) from just 61 sites in its second weekend. It has yet to hit the $1m (£500,000) mark.

Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited was down 60% at number nine. The comedy, released through Fox, took $226,891 (£111,131) from 95 sites for a $2,388 (£1,170) site average. It has generated nearly $2.5m (£1.2m) after three weekends on release.

And Bollywood film Aaja Nachle dropped 51% over the weekend but managed to creep up one space to number 10. The film, released through Yash Raj Films, took $167,907 (£82,241) from 42 sites for a $664,012 (£325,233) running total.

Elsewhere in the chart, comedy Code Name: The Cleaner opened to number 12 while Shrooms and Elizabeth: The Golden Age suffered steep drops at 74% and 77% respectively.

The top 20 films in the UK/Ireland generated $19.4m from 3,641 sites from the period of December 7-9 and were collectively down 16.3% compared to the same weekend in 2006.