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'Happy Feet,' 'Casino Royale' on top again

By TIMES WIRES
Published December 4, 2006


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A dancing penguin and the world's deadliest spy have settled in for a long stay at the top of the box office. The animated penguin tale Happy Feet was the No. 1 movie for the third straight weekend, posting ticket sales of $17-million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Also for the third straight weekend, the James Bond adventure Casino Royale ran a close second, taking in $15.1-million. Happy Feet raised its total domestic gross to $121-million. Casino Royale has climbed to $115.9-million. Denzel Washington's thriller Deja Vu remained in third place for a second weekend with $11-million. A weak crop of newcomers were unable to bump off the holdovers. Moviegoers generally were not in the mood for The Nativity Story, which debuted modestly with $8-million to come at No. 4. Horror thriller Turistas opened at No. 8 with $3.5-million. Campus comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj flopped with just $2.3-million, coming in at No. 10.

Arts luminaries honored

From Hollywood to Dollywood, Motown to Broadway, a select group of stars from the film, stage and music worlds received recognition on Sunday for a lifetime of achievement in the performing arts. Movie director Steven Spielberg, singers Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta attended a White House reception as members of the 29th annual class of Kennedy Center honorees. At an evening gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, fellow entertainers and artists celebrated the careers of the five honorees. CBS will broadcast the show at a later date.

[Last modified December 4, 2006, 00:24:00]


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