For the third weekend in a row, Happy Feet took first place at the box office, and for the third weekend in a row Casino Royale was not far behind. Though a ton of folks are questioning its messages and sexual undertones, the animated kiddie flick still managed to take home $17 million; Casino Royale almost topped it, but fell short with only $15 million. Deja Vu ($11 million) looked familiar enough for it to hold onto third place, bringing its total thus far to $44.1 million.
Mixed reviews coupled with a poor (according to me, at least) marketing campaign limited The Nativity Story to a dismal $8 million and third place. Considering the flick opened in 3,183 theaters, those numbers are, well, horrific. Its $8 million is the second lowest in history for a film opening in more than 3,100 theaters -- 1998's The Quest for Camelot still holds top honors in that category with a pitiful $6 million in its debut. And speaking of things that are horrific and dismal, Deck the Halls rounded out the top five with $6.6 million.
As far as this weekend's other wide releases, no one cared much for a bunch of teenage organ donors (even if the scenery looked nice), as Turistas finished eighth with $3.5 million. National Lampoon's Van Wilder sequel, The Rise of Taj, proved that straight-to-DVD probably would have been the safer move -- it barely squeaked into the tenth spot with $2.3 million.
Full numbers after the jump.p>1. Happy Feet, $17.05 million.
2. Casino Royale, $15.1 million.
3. Deja Vu, $11 million.
4. The Nativity Story, $8 million.
5. Deck the Halls, $6.6 million.
6. The Santa Clause 3: The Escaped Clause, $5 million.
7. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, $4.8 million.
8. Turistas, $3.5 million.
9. Stranger Than Fiction, $3.4 million.
10. National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, $2.3 million.
[Additional stats provided by Coming Soon]