It's the Monday before Thanksgiving, which means everyone has the same things on their minds: the short work week, holiday traveling, family reunions, turkey with stuffing and, naturally, the TomKat wedding in Rome. But before we head our separate ways for a little football, candied yams and annual board-game contests with our extended clans, here are the results of the weekly box office predictions. Patricia picked the following movies would take the top five:

  1. Casino Royale
  2. Happy Feet
  3. Borat
  4. The Santa Clause 3
  5. Flushed Away

And she was soooo close, except the No. 1 and 2 spots ended up reversed:


  1. Happy Feet, $42.3 million
  2. Casino Royale, $40.6 million
  3. Borat, $14.35 million
  4. The Santa Clause 3, $8.2 million
  5. Flushed Away, $6.8 million

Two of our loyal readers correctly picked the exact order of the top five. Well played, mrheenster and crzydcguy84! After tirelessly adding up all of your scores, here's where everyone is in the weekly standings:

  1. Patricia -- this week: 11 points/total: 64 points (after 6 weeks)
  2. zsxxx03 -- 11 points/55 points (5 weeks)
  3. chrisnbn -- 9/54 points (5 weeks)
  4. crzydcguy84 -- 16 points/54 points (6 weeks)
  5. mrheenster -- 16 points/42 points (5 weeks)
  6. drurd2006 -- no entry/27 points (3 weeks)
  7. tangoeco -- 11 points/18 points (2 weeks)
  8. ardentheater -- no entry/13 points (1 week)
  9. laraeruiz -- 8 points/12 points (2 weeks)
  10. brldisteach -- no entry/12 points (1 week)
  11. aargabrite -- no entry/11 points (1 week)
  12. zippylizardhead --no entry/10 points (1 week)
  13. ethandavid26 -- no entry/ 9 points (1 week)
  14. linc68503 --- no entry/9 points (1 week)
  15. reverbzz -- no entry/7 points (1 week)
  16. golfman -- no entry/7 points (1 week)
  17. jecmen24 -- no entry/7 points (1 week)
  18. cali1184 -- no entry/6 points (1 week)

The big news this weekend is that an animated, tap-dancing penguin beat the return of James Bond for the title of No. 1 movie in America. Although slightly surprising, given the mighty critical buzz and marketing campaignfor Daniel Craig's 007, both films kicked major box-office ass, earning more than $82 million together. And if, like me, you have young children at home, you know Mumble (voice by Elijah Wood, moves by Savion Glover) and his Antarctic pals have been everywhere -- especially commercial breaks on any show even remotely family friendly -- for several weeks now. With its $42.3 million, 'Happy Feet' is the second-highest debuting animated film of the year (in June, 'Cars' came blasting out of the starting line with a $60 million-plus weekend). 'Casino Royale' was also a second-best -- its first weekend made more money than any other Bond film except for 2002's 'Die Another Day,' or as my brother calls it, "the one with Halle in the bikini."

The rest of the top five is exactly the same as the past two weeks' No. 1-3: 'Borat' has now made $90.5 million and looks likely to break the $100 million milestone over the holiday weekend. The head-to-head kiddie flicks 'Santa Clause 3' and 'Flushed Away' have had to split the family audience and settle for more or less $50 million each, while 'Happy Feet' nearly grossed that much just this weekend. My guess is 'Happy Feet' will continue its march of the profitable penguins next weekend, despite competition from 'Deck the Halls' and 'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.'

Good luck with your picks this week, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Tags:Happy Feet, Casino Royale, Borat, Santa Clause 3, Flushed Away, Elijah Wood, Daniel Craig, James Bond, Savion Glover, box office




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