The Top Five
#1 “Happy Feet” ($51.5 million)
#2 “Casino Royale” ($45 million)
#3 “Déjà Vu” ($29 million)
#4 “Deck the Halls” ($16.8 million)
#5 “Borat” ($15.4 million)
Forget turkeys: The animal that ruled the roost this holiday weekend was the penguin. For the second week in a row, “Happy Feet” waddled its way to the #1 slot in the top five with an impressive $51.5 million take for the long weekend. Nipping at the penguins’, er, heels once again was super-agent James Bond in “Casino Royale,” this time with a hefty $45 million tally. Domestically each of the top two flicks is now looking at a gross of roughly $100 million after two weeks (“Happy Feet” is about $6 million ahead). Bond’s worldwide gross is now just shy of $225 million after only two weeks and looks to be well on its way to becoming the biggest Bond of all time. Welcome to the big leagues, Daniel Craig.
There were two new entries in the top five, but only Denzel Washington’s “Déjà” made a respectable showing with $29 million. That debut is a bit low by producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s standards, but at least it proves Denzel’s still got juice at the box office. The same can’t be said for Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito in the abominably reviewed “Deck the Halls.”
Rounding out the top five was Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat,” now a member of the $100 million club with a $109 million cumulative gross. The news wasn’t nearly as good for another comedy that had high hopes this past weekend. Jack Black’s “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny” pulled in just $5.1 million for its opening, landing in 11th place — no “Nacho Libre” at the box office.
How’d We Do?
With so much healthy competition at the box office, it’s no surprise that our three prognosticators were divided in their predictions, as each pinned their hopes on a different flick (Sorry, Chris Evans of “Fantastic Four,” no prize for you). In the end, this lucky editor rode the penguins’ dominance to a second straight win.
Prognosticator (Weeks Won)
Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies Editor (2)
Larry Carroll, MTV News Writer (2)
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No holiday this side of the Fourth of July gets moviegoers shelling out their hard earned cash like Thanksgiving, and it’s no surprise that this family holiday usually is dominated by decidedly PG fare. Who would want to take grandma to “Hostel” after a yummy turkey meal? Here’s a look at the top openings in the history of the Thanksgiving holiday — before “Happy Feet” (now #2) and “Casino Royale” (now tied for #4) broke into the top five.
#1 “Toy Story 2” (1999) $80.1 million
#2 “Unbreakable” (2000) $46 million
#3 “A Bug’s Life” (1998) $45.8 million
#4 “101 Dalmations” (1996) $45 million
#5 “Back to the Future II” (1989) $43 million
A strange little group of films is headed to a theater near you in this post-holiday weekend. What happens when a crude teen comedy loses its leading man and tries to launch a new one? Find out with “Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.” Then there’s the vacation-from-hell thriller “Turistas.” And if you’re looking for your entertainment a little more, uh … biblical, then “The Nativity Story” should be at the top of your to-do list.
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