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Being rich, famous seen as crucial to life

LONDON, England

Becoming rich and famous is the most important thing in life, a revealing survey of British children said yesterday, also showing that the nation's youngsters consider footballer Wayne Rooney more famous than Jesus.

The survey of 2,500 under-10s to mark National Kids' Day asked children to rate what they considered "the best thing in the world," with becoming rich taking top spot.

However, expectations of what constituted wealth varied somewhat, with estimates ranging from US$355 million to US$815.

Being famous came second, above the more traditional pursuits of football, pop music and animals.

In findings that should perhaps have some British parents examining their lifestyles, a corresponding list of the worst things in the world had "drunk people" at the top, followed by smoking.

When asked to name the world's most famous person, Manchester United and England star Rooney not only beat Jesus to take second place, he also pushed David Beckham into fourth.

'Kong' conquers

LOS ANGELES, California

Peter Jackson's CGI brute "King Kong" took in a sturdy US$50.2 million in its first weekend at the box office, but will the big ape falter or gain strength in coming weeks? Hollywood analysts generally expected "Kong" to have a debut weekend at least in the US$60 million range. The three-hour beastly love story, which opened Wednesday, reached US$66.2 million in its first five days.

Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" slipped to second place with US$31.2 million, according to studio estimates released yesterday.

The Diane Keaton/Sarah Jessica Parker ensemble dramedy, "The Family Stone," debuted in third place with US$12.7 million. Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" broke into the top 10 with US$2.4 million, good for eighth place.