By Bassam Tarazi | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
It seems as if Happy Feet and Casino Royale had the healthiest portions of Thanksgiving dinner. The earnings of $51.6 million for the former and $45.1 million for the latter, led the charge at the box office for the second consecutive weekend. That Denzel guy seems to have his flock of follwers as well. Washington’s new flick, Déjà Vu grossed $29 million since its opening on Wednesday. This film being Denzel’s 7th film to earn over $20 million in its first weekend. The man is automatic.
Thanksgiving Box Office for Casino Royale, Happy Feet, Deja Vu, Bobby and Deck the Halls
Happy Feet has high stepped to the $100 million mark in only 10 days. Not bad for a project that seemed harder to get produced than a Mother Theresa pic starring Pamela Anderson. Casino Royale wasn’t too far behind as its earning over the same period is $94.2 million. But Casino does have that powerful international fan base propelling it to worldwide earnings of $215 million. Daniel Craig seems to be leading this adventure to this highest earning Bond film of all time.
The other big name films that came to the theaters this weekend were Deck the Halls, $16.9 million (ok, so you haven’t heard about it) and The Fountain, which seemed not to be flowing so gracefully as it only took in $3.72 million making it only the 10th highest earner.
Emilio Estevez’s Bobby, which stars….everyone, flopped a little bit at the office as it only took in $6 million over the 5-day span.
Even though 2005 had Harry Potter leading the charge over the Thanksgiving weekend, this year’s top 12 films over the holiday weekend still earned $208 million, which is only $7.4 million less than last years earnings.