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November 28, 2006

Is James Bond Entering Mid Life Crisis? Happy Feet Beats Casino Royale

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 11/28/2006 07:04:00 AM
'Casino Royale' spied the No. 2 spot with $40.6 million, the second-best opening ever for a 007 pic. A cadre of singing and dancing penguins beat out the monkey-suited international superspy James Bond at the B.O. this weekend, as Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's CG-animated "Happy Feet" skipped to No. 1 with $42.3 million thanks to a particularly strong Saturday run.

Bond's No. 2 finish in Sony/MGM's "Casino Royale" with $40.6 million -- the second-best opening ever for a 007 pic -- helped spur a particularly strong pre-Thanksgiving sesh as the holiday season took flight.

As of Friday night, Bond looked to be in the driver's seat, with numbers approaching $16 million as core fans rushed to theaters. But "Feet" gained solid ground during matinee runs on Saturday. Come Sunday morning, the race looked almost too close to call, and some experts had the two pics separated by as little as $200,000 until Warners and Sony came out with estimates.

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