Warner Bros' animated hit Happy Feet kept on marching and stayed atop thecharts for the third consecutive weekend as Sony's Casino Royale remained in second place.
Happy Feetadded an estimated $17m for $121m after three weekends, while 007 raised histally by $15.1m to $115.9m after the same amount of time. Casino Royale has now crossed $300m worldwide.
Buena Vista's thriller Deja Vu held firm in third place on $11m for$44.1m after two, one place ahead of New Line's new biblical release TheNativity Story starringKeisha Castle-Hughes on just over $8m.
The weekend was a typically slow one after Thanksgiving andbusiness was even more lethargic in the Midwest where there was a majorsnowstorm.
The only other new releases to break into the top 10 were Fox Atomic'slaunch title, the horror movie Turistas on $3.5m, and the comedy sequel National Lampoon's VanWilder 2 through MGM in10th place on $2.3m.
Fox's Borat slipped two places to seventh on $116.3m, and Sony's StrangerThan Fiction slipped one to ninth on $36.9m.
Next weekend's wide releases are: Mel Gibson's Mayan epic Apocalypto, released in North America through BuenaVista; Sony's romantic comedy The Holiday starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet; Warner Bros'thriller Blood Diamond starringLeonardo DiCaprio and, and Warner's family comedy Unaccompanied Minors.
EstimatedTop Ten North America Dec 1-3, 2006
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Happy Feet (Warner Bros) $17m $121m
2 (2) Casino Royale (Sony) SPRI $15.1m $115.9m
3 (3) Deja Vu (Buena Vista) BVI $11m $44.1m
4 (-) The Nativity Story (New Line) NLI $8m -
5 (4) Deck The Halls (Fox) Fox Int'l $6.7m $24.9m
6 (6) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Buena Vista) BVI $5m $73.2m
7 (5) Borat (Fox) Fox Int'l $4.8m $116.3m
8 (-) Turistas (Fox Atomic) 2929 Int'l $3.5m -
9 (8) Stranger Than Fiction (Sony) Mandate/SPRI $3.4m $36.9m
10 (-) NationalLampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise Of Taj (MGM) Myriad/Various $2.3m -