Bond battles penguins over Thanksgiving holiday
EmptyIts James Bond vs. the penguins at the boxoffice this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as "Casino Royale" and "Happy Feet" battle for supremacy.
According to the boxoffice tracking site boxoffice mojo.com, Sony Pictures' "Casino Royale" led the hit parade on Thanksgiving Day with a $7.6 million estimated take, while Warner Bros. Pictures' claimed the second spot for its "Happy Feet" with an estimated $6 million.
But on Friday, as families headed to the multiplex, the order flipped, and director George Miller's tale of a dancing penguin moved into the top spot with an estimated $15.75 million for the day. "Casino," directed by Martin Campbell, pulled in a solid $13.25 million as it moved to second place for the day.
The next three slots held steady as Buena Vista's new thriller "Deja Vu," 20th Century Fox's new holiday comedy "Deck the Halls" and Fox's holdover "Borat" took the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
On Friday, "Deja Vu," directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington, attracted an estimated $8.35 million.
"Deck the Halls," John Whitesell's ode to competitive Christmas decorating starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, grossed an estimated $4.9 million. And the antic "Borat" picked up anther $4.5 million as it crossed the $100 million mark with an estimated cume of $103.5 million.
Meanwhile, "Bobby," director Emilo Estevez's look at a group of characters affected by the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy, found itself in ninth place on Friday as it expanded into 1,667 theaters. The MGM release of the Weinstein Co. film took in an estimated $1.85 million for the day.
Tagging behind were Warner's debut of the time-travelling love story "The Fountain," which stood in tenth place with an estimated $1.48 million, and New Line Cinema's comedy "Tenacious D.," which checked in in eleventh place with an estimated $1.35 million.