It looks like the penguins will just beat Bond at the US Box Office this weekend. Variety reports:
The first big battle of the holiday season ended with a cadre of penguins beating out James Bond. Warner Bros.’ CG-animated “Happy Feet” landed at No. 1 with $42.3 million off 3,804, while Sony/MGM’s latest Bond pic, “Casino Royale,” nabbed just over $40 million.
“Feet” was playing on over 3,800 screens, while Bond occupied about 370 less.
Box Office Mojo has Happy Feet just ahead of Casino Royale even though Hollywood Elsewhere thinks that it could be much closer.
*** UPDATE at 23.45 GMT: Leonard Klady at Movie City News is suggesting some kind of dead heat in his weekend box office report. Let’s see how Sony and Warner Bros spin this out… ***
> The weekend predictions by Box Office Mojo
> Box Office Guru also weighs in with some analysis