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'HAPPY FEET,' 'CASINO ROYALE' LEAD BOX OFFICE

A dancing penguin was king of the Thanksgiving birds among movie-goers. The animated penguin romp Happy Feet remained the No. 1 movie with $37.9-million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, while the James Bond adventure Casino Royale stayed in second place with $31-million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Over the Wednesday-to-Sunday holiday period, Happy Feet, from Warner Bros., took in $51.5-million while Sony's Casino Royale did $45.1-million. Disney's thriller Deja Vu, starring Denzel Washington as a police officer bouncing back in time to try to prevent a deadly ferry explosion, led new movies with $20.8-million for the weekend and $29-million since opening Wednesday. The 20th Century Fox comedy Deck the Halls debuted at No. 4 with a $12-million weekend and $16.9-million since it premiered Wednesday.

No more tights

According to reports, Will Ferrell turned down $29-million to make Elf 2. He says the money wasn't enough to risk making a bad film, and he said this even after making Bewitched: "I was offered $29-million for a sequel, but I never liked it. It does seem a lot of money for a guy to wear tights. It's insane. But it wasn't difficult to turn down. I remember asking myself, could I withstand the criticism when it's bad and they say, 'He only did the sequel for the money'? I decided I wouldn't be able to. I didn't want to erase all the good work I've done, but you watch, I'll do some sequel in the future that's c---."

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