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Casino Royale clear box office winner in Canada

By: Mike Zembowski

James Bond landed #1 in Canada weekend box office defeating the tap-dancing penguin taking in 5.2 million compared with only 2.4 million from Happy Feet according to Neilsen EDI, but this not the case south of the border. The Warner Bros. animated penguin romp "Happy Feet" debuted with US$42.3 million on the weekend, grabbing an edge for the No. 1 slot over Sony’s Bond adventure "Casino Royale," which opened with $40.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The two films were close enough that their rankings could change when final numbers are released Monday.

"Happy Feet is just ahead by a flipper," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "It’s unusual to have two movies this close, battling for that No. 1 position." Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner, said "Happy Feet" was solidly ahead and that the rankings would not flip-flop on Monday.

"It’s not going to happen," Fellman said. "It’s a clear victory here."

"Casino Royale" took an early lead over "Happy Feet" on opening day because of strong adult audiences Friday night. "Happy Feet" dominated the rest of the weekend, drawing big crowds on Saturday and Sunday when family films do their best business.

The box-office leader the last two weekends, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," slipped to third with $14.35 million, lifting its total to $90.5 million.

With the rarity of two movies in the $40-million range, Hollywood had a robust weekend, the top 12 movies taking in $133.6 million. Still, that could not measure up to the same weekend a year ago, when the $102.3-million debut of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" paced the top 12 to a $171.9-million total at theatres in the United States and Canada.

"Happy Feet" features the voices of Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Robin Williams in the story of an penguin who cannot carry a tune like his brethren but can tap-dance up a storm.

"Casino Royale," introducing Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, fell between the debuts of the previous two 007 flicks, which had been No. 1 and 2 among the franchise’s openings.

The last Bond movie, Pierce Brosnan’s "Die Another Day," holds the franchise record with $47.1 million in November 2002. Brosnan’s 1999 Bond adventure "The World Is Not Enough" premiered with $35.5 million in November 1999.

"I think a $40 million-plus start for a new series of Bonds with Daniel Craig is a great beginning," said Jeff Blake, Sony vice-chairman. "Casino Royale" also brought in $42.2 million in Britain, Russia and 25 other countries where it opened this weekend, Blake said.

In narrower release, two other new movies bombed, Universal’s jailhouse comedy "Let’s Go to Prison" took in only $2.1 million, and Fox Searchlight’s junk-food chronicle "Fast Food Nation" grossed just $390,000.

Christopher Guest’s Hollywood spoof "For Your Consideration" debuted strongly in limited release with $394,000 at 23 theatres. The film released by Warner Independent features a huge ensemble including director Guest, co-writer Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara in a comedy about Academy Awards fever among the cast of a small Hollywood drama.

Emilio Estevez’s Robert Kennedy saga "Bobby" opened well with $67,000 in just two theatres. From the Weinstein Co. and MGM, "Bobby" features an all-star cast including Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Anthony Hopkins and Lindsay Lohan in the story of people gathered at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night Kennedy was assassinated there in 1968.

"Bobby" and "For Your Consideration" expand to wide release this week.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Happy Feet," $42.3 million.

2. "Casino Royale," $40.6 million.

3. "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," $14.35 million.

4. "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," $8.2 million.

5. "Flushed Away," $6.8 million.

6. "Stranger Than Fiction," $6.6 million.

7. "Babel," $2.9 million.

8. "Saw III," $2.8 million.

9. "The Departed," $2.6 million.

10. "The Queen," $2.3 million.

Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience to open in IMAX theatres on November 17th

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 – Get tapped into IMAX! The digitally re-mastered IMAX® release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Happy Feet, a comedy adventure about a tap-dancing Emperor Penguin and his adventures in the Antarctic, will open in 79 IMAX® theatres in North America this Friday, November 17, 2006. The film has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

Happy Feet is directed by George Miller (the Babe films, Lorenzo’s Oil and the Mad Max trilogy) with an all-star ensemble cast, featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia.

"Early screenings and reviews of Happy Feet have been sensational, proving that this is a film the whole family will enjoy throughout the entire holiday season," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are thrilled to be able to bring it to theatergoers in both conventional and IMAX theaters this weekend, to kick off the holidays."

"The lovable characters and exhilarating soundtrack of Happy Feet look and sound spectacular in IMAX," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are thrilled that the expanding network of IMAX theatres will enable more moviegoers to have the opportunity to experience Happy Feet in a very special way this holiday season."

"Happy Feet" is set In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, Deep in Antarctica, you’re nobody unless you can sing-which is unfortunate for Mumble, who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune…tap dancing. Mumble’s mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, but his dad, Memphis, says "it just ain’t penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. Leaving home, Mumble meets the Adelie Amigos, led by Ramon. The Adelies invite Mumble to party with them in Adelie Land, where Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru, a crazy-feathered Rockhopper penguin who will answer any of life’s questions for the price of a pebble. Together with Lovelace and the Amigos, Mumble sets out across vast landscapes and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller production, in association with Animal Logic Film. A George Miller film, "Happy Feet" features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia. The film also features the tap dancing of Savion Glover. "Happy Feet" is directed by George Miller, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Collee, Judy Morris and Warren Coleman. The film is produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller and Bill Miller, with Zareh Nalbandian, Graham Burke, Dana Goldberg, and Bruce Berman executive producing. The music is composed by John Powell.



Phoenix – AMC Deer Valley 30 IMAX Theatre


Cathedral City – Desert IMAX Theatre

Dublin – Regal Hacienda Crossings IMAX

Fresno-Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX

Irvine – Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX

Los Angeles – IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux

Los Angeles – Universal CityWalk IMAX Theatre

Ontario – Edwards Ontario Palace IMAX

San Francisco – AMC Loews IMAX Theatre at Metreon

San Jose – Hackworth IMAX DOME Theatre, The Tech Museum of Innovation


Colorado Springs – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark Carefree Circle

Denver – UA Colorado Center IMAX Theatre


Hartford – IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Buckland Hills


Fort Lauderdale – Blockbuster IMAX Theater at Museum of Discovery and


St. Augustine – World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre

Tampa – Channelside IMAX


Buford – Regal Mall of Georgia IMAX


Boise – Edwards Boise Stadium IMAX


Batavia – Goodrich Randall 16 & IMAX

Chicago – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

Lincolnshire – Regal Lincolnshire IMAX

Woodridge – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Seven Bridges


Evansville – Showplace Cinemas IMAX Theatre


Olathe – AMC Studio 30 IMAX Theatre


Louisville – IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Stonybrook


Covington – Holiday Squares IMAX Cinema


Natick – Comcast IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture

Reading – Comcast IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture


Ann Arbor – Showcase Cinema Ann Arbor

Dearborn – The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre

Grand Rapids – IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema

Lansing – IMAX Theatre Celebration! Cinema

Sterling Heights – IMAX Theatre at AMC Forum 30


Apple Valley – Great Clips IMAX Theatre


St. Louis – Ronnies 20 Cine IMAX


Las Vegas – Brenden Theatres & IMAX at the Palms

New Jersey

Atlantic City – IMAX Theatre at Tropicana

New York

Buffalo – Regal Transit Center IMAX

New Rochelle – Regal New Roc City IMAX

New York – AMC Loews IMAX Theatre, Lincoln Square

Rochester – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Tinseltown USA

West Nyack – IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center

White Plains – IMAX Theatre at City Center: Cinema de lux

North Carolina

Charlotte – Observer Omnimax Theatre

Raleigh – IMAX Theatre at Exploris


Columbus – AMC IMAX Theatre, Columbus

Springdale – IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Springdale


Tulsa – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at The Tulsa


Portland-The OMNIMAX Theatre at OMSI


Harrisburg – Select Medical IMAX Theater at The Whitaker Center for

Science and the Arts

King of Prussia – UA King of Prussia IMAX

Philadelphia – Tuttleman IMAX Theatre, Franklin Institute

Pittsburgh – Rangos OMNIMAX Theater, Carnegie Science Center

Tarentum – CINEMARK at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

South Carolina

Charleston – The Charleston IMAX Theatre at Aquarium Wharf


Nashville – Regal Opry Mills IMAX Texas

Austin – IMAX Theatre at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Colleyville – The Metro IMAX Theatre

Dallas – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17

Fort Worth – Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Houston – Edwards Houston Marq(x)E IMAX


Sandy – Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons


Chantilly – Steven Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Theater

Hampton – Riverside 3D IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center

Richmond – Ethyl IMAX Dome

Virginia Beach – The Virginia Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater


Seattle – Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater

Spokane – Riverfront Park IMAX Theatre


Fitchburg – Star Cinema IMAX



Calgary – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Paramount Chinook

Edmonton – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, SilverCity West Edmonton


British Columbia

Langley – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Colossus Langley

Richmond – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, SilverCity Riverport

Nova Scotia

Halifax – Empire IMAX Theatre


Mississauga – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Coliseum Mississauga

Toronto – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Paramount Toronto

Woodbridge – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Colossus Woodbridge


Montreal – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Paramount Montreal

Quebec City – IMAX Le Theatre