New Line decided to push back the release of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny by one week in order to steer clear of Casino Royale and Happy Feet's openings, as well as to capitalize on a five-day Thanksgiving weekend. Did the move pay off? Hardly. Pic, which debuted on Wednesday, fell short of even landing in the top ten taking home a measly $3.3 million (counting Friday through Sunday only). So much for that whole destiny part, huh?
The big winners this weekend were, not surprisingly, Happy Feet ($37.9 million) and Casino Royale ($31 million) -- both of which finished number one and two respectively. The animated penguin flick crossed the $100 million mark in only 10 days, grossing an estimated $51.5 million over the course of all five days. Bond was not far behind, racking up $94.1 million throughout its first 10 days. The names Tony Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer and Denzel Washington were enough to land Deja Vu ($20.8 million) in third place, while the abysmal (according to Kim, at least) Deck the Halls captured the fourth spot with $12 million. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan continued to impress, as it too jumped into $100 million territory -- pic rounded out the top five with $10.4 million, for a grand total (so far) of $109.3 million after four weeks. As expected, Darren Aronofsky's latest trippy adventure, The Fountain, didn't do too well in its opening weekend, yet managed to snag the ten spot from Tenacious D with $3.7 million.
Full numbers (Friday through Sunday only) after the jump.
1. Happy Feet, $37.9 million.
2. Casino Royale, $31 million.
3. Deja Vu, $20.8 million.
4. Deck the Halls, $12 million.
5. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, $10.4 million.
6. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, $10 million.
7. Stranger Than Fiction, $6 million.
8. Flushed Away, $5.8 million.
9. Bobby, $4.9 million.
10. The Fountain, $3.7 million
[Some numbers courtesy of Coming Soon]