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CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:32 PM
LOS ANGELES - James Bond has met his match — not a fellow spy but a tap-dancing penguin. The Warner Bros. animated penguin romp "Happy Feet" debuted with $42.3 million, grabbing an edge for the weekend's No. 1 slot over Sony's Bond adventure "Casino Royale," which opened with $40.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The two films were close enough that their rankings could change when final numbers are released Monday.

"'Happy Feet' is just ahead by a flipper," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "It's unusual to have two movies this close, battling for that No. 1 position."

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner, said "Happy Feet" was solidly ahead and that the rankings would not flip-flop on Monday.

"It's not going to happen," Fellman said. "It's a clear victory here."

"Casino Royale" took an early lead over "Happy Feet" on opening day because of strong adult audiences Friday night. "Happy Feet" dominated the rest of the weekend, drawing big crowds on Saturday and Sunday when family films do their best business.

The box-office leader the last two weekends, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," slipped to third with $14.35 million, lifting its total to $90.5 million.

With the rarity of two movies in the $40 million range, Hollywood had a robust weekend, the top 12 movies taking in $133.6 million. Still, that could not measure up to the same weekend a year ago, when the $102.3 million debut of " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" paced the top 12 to a $171.9 million total.

"Happy Feet" features the voices of Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Robin Williams in the story of an penguin who cannot carry a tune like his brethren but can tap-dance up a storm.

"Casino Royale," introducing Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, fell right between the debuts of the previous two 007 flicks, which had been No. 1 and 2 among the franchise's openings.

The last Bond movie, Pierce Brosnan's "Die Another Day," holds the franchise record with $47.1 million in November 2002. Brosnan's 1999 Bond adventure "The World Is Not Enough" premiered with $35.5 million in November 1999.

"I think a $40 million-plus start for a new series of Bonds with Daniel Craig is a great beginning," said Jeff Blake, Sony vice chairman. "Casino Royale" also brought in $42.2 million in Great Britain, Russia and 25 other countries where it opened this weekend, Blake said.

In narrower release, two other new movies bombed, Universal's jailhouse comedy "Let's Go to Prison" taking in $2.1 million and Fox Searchlight's junk-food chronicle "Fast Food Nation" grossing $390,000.

Christopher Guest's Hollywood spoof "For Your Consideration" debuted strongly in limited release with $394,000 at 23 theaters. The film released by Warner Independent features a huge ensemble including director Guest, co-writer Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara in a comedy about Academy Awards fever among the cast of a small Hollywood drama.

Emilio Estevez's Robert Kennedy saga "Bobby" opened well with $67,000 in just two theaters. From the Weinstein Co. and MGM, "Bobby" features an all-star cast including Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Anthony Hopkins and Lindsay Lohan in the story of people gathered at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night Kennedy was assassinated there in 1968.

"Bobby" and "For Your Consideration" expand to nationwide release this week.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:33 PM
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Happy Feet," $42.3 million.

2. "Casino Royale," $40.6 million.

3. "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," $14.35 million.

4. "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," $8.2 million.

5. "Flushed Away," $6.8 million.

6. "Stranger Than Fiction," $6.6 million.

7. "Babel," $2.9 million.

8. "Saw III," $2.8 million.

9. "The Departed," $2.6 million.

10. "The Queen," $2.3 million.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:56 PM
I guess he is the worst Bond not the greatest....

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:01 PM
I guess he is the worst Bond not the greatest....

It still was the 2nd largest BOND opening ever ;) America and Canada just l ove Penguins more then BOND :lol:

Edward.
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Proof that people would rather watch a bunch of CGI penguins, then watch Daniel Craig.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Proof that people would rather watch a bunch of CGI penguins, then watch Daniel Craig.

:spit:

~Kiera~
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:24 PM
It did pretty well over here.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/17/ubond117.xml

Bond's Casino Royale smashes records

Casino Royale has smashed the box office record for the opening night of a Bond film, taking £1.7 million yesterday when it previewed across Britain.

The film, starring Daniel Craig in his debut as 007, surpassed the previous high for the series set by Die Another Day, which took £1.1 million on its opening night in 2002.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:26 PM
It did pretty well over here.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/17/ubond117.xml

Yes.. its doing very well overseas.:worship: I mean, it did very well here . It just got trumped by a group of Penguins:lol: ;) Has Happy Feet opened in the UK yet ? :D

Parsley
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Maybe people are bored of the over the top marketing campaign and the steroid buffed body of the guy.

~Kiera~
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Yes.. its doing very well overseas.:worship: I mean, it did very well here . It just got trumped by a group of Penguins:lol: ;) Has Happy Feet opened in the UK yet ? :D

Not yet, we're often behind. Looks like it'll be released here on Friday, 8th December :)

RVD
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:43 PM
HAPPY FEET!!! :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:
My best friend and work-out partner worked on this film, so I have a vested emotional interest in it doing well. :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:24 PM
Not yet, we're often behind. Looks like it'll be released here on Friday, 8th December :)


Cool :cool:

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:25 PM
HAPPY FEET!!! :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:
My best friend and work-out partner worked on this film, so I have a vested emotional interest in it doing well. :)

Oh yeah ?? So i guess that is you with those big ass arms in your Avater :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :p

Lord Nelson
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:33 PM
It still was the 2nd largest BOND opening ever ;) America and Canada just l ove Penguins more then BOND :lol:

Actually the figure was include without inflation adjusted. So it may not be the 2nd biggest opening. Also population of U.S. in 60s was less than 200 million. Less people to go to cinema then today.

jenny161185
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:51 PM
just saw Bond Daniel Craig was amazing - i dont know how anyone could fault his performance! :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:52 PM
just saw Bond Daniel Craig was amazing - i dont know how anyone could fault his performance! :)

Expecialy when he was coming out of the ocean:drool: :drool: :drool:

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 20th, 2006, 01:12 AM
I guess he is the worst Bond not the greatest....

actually... has a lot of good reviews from critics and regular peeps ;)

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 20th, 2006, 01:13 AM
who knew Hugh Jackman would be starring in two kid cartoons in the top 10 at the same time???

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 20th, 2006, 01:31 AM
who knew Hugh Jackman would be starring in two kid cartoons in the top 10 at the same time???


Does he sing in both of them ? I know he sings in Happy Feet :bounce:

Sally Struthers
Nov 20th, 2006, 04:28 AM
I saw Casino Royale today. After the last 3 Bond stinkers this one was a winner! I like Daniel Craig as Bond a lot.

RVD
Nov 20th, 2006, 04:32 AM
Oh yeah ?? So i guess that is you with those big ass arms in your Avater :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :p:o :o Why yes it is. :lol:

Drake1980
Nov 20th, 2006, 04:53 AM
Boo! Daniel Craig is so hot!!! yum yum

Wigglytuff
Nov 20th, 2006, 05:07 AM
HAPPY FEET!!! :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:
My best friend and work-out partner worked on this film, so I have a vested emotional interest in it doing well. :)

penguins are cute and fluffy!!!! who would NOT want to see cute penguins!!!

i cant wait to check this one out. i will have see it in its non imax way. but thats ok.

mandy7
Nov 20th, 2006, 05:09 AM
that's what you get with a bond like craig :help:

ZeroSOFInfinity
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:28 AM
I think Daniel Craig potrayed Bond to absolute perfection - not even Sean Connery come close ;)

And the movie is totally different from the others... not the "Whee! I have the craziest gadgets ever existed at my disposal" versions, but "I don't need a stinking one, and I'm still Bond" type. Probably the best Bond movie I've ever seen... period :)

(P.S [SPOILER]: When Craig flipped and crashed the Astro Martin DB5 (or was it DBZ) trying to avoid running over Vesper, the entire crowd grasped loudly. What a waste of a million or 2 bucks.... should have given the car to me instead :drool: )

RVD
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:37 AM
penguins are cute and fluffy!!!! who would NOT want to see cute penguins!!!

i cant wait to check this one out. i will have see it in its non imax way. but thats ok.I have an idea... :)
See it on both, but first view it on the traditional 'Big Sceen' [70mm?] first. That way, if the film doesn't meet expectations, you'll have saved a few bucks. :lol:
Seriously though, go see it and come back and tell me what you think. Wifie made a comment today [as a Mexican-American] and I want to find out if your conclusion is the same as hers. There was also a topic that's been discussed on this site that caught my attention, and I want to see if you catch that as well.

Either way, have FUN! :wavey:

Vacant
Nov 20th, 2006, 06:39 AM
I though Bond was great. The gadgets always got on my nerves, and it was good to see him potrayed as a more 'real' character. Plus, Daniel Craig was excellent as far as I'm concerned.

Kunal
Nov 20th, 2006, 07:20 AM
not that surprised....animation movies do really well these days

Shimizu Amon
Nov 20th, 2006, 07:57 AM
It's still a great opening for Casino, it's just embarrassing to them that they lost the number 1 position to dancing penguins...that's all :lol:

But both movies grossed big time!

Ellery
Nov 20th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Penguins :hug: :worship: