AUSTRALIAN director George Miller and his troupe of fluffy tap-dancing penguins have topped the North American box office, knocking off James Bond and sending Borat back to Kazakhstan.
Miller's animated musical comedy, Happy Feet, earned an impressive $US42.3 million ($55.13 million) at US and Canadian cinemas at the weekend to claim the number one spot.
The coveted first place is a triumph for Miller and the Australian film industry. Happy Feet, made for a reported $US100 million ($130.34 million), is the first full-length animated feature film produced in Australia.
At my local theatre a lot of children were mad because if you were not in the Casino Royale line, you couldn't get into the building. It was like a giant mob that entirely filled up the theatre lobby, so people couldn't make their way to any other movie screen except the new James Bond movie. I do want to go see Happy Feet next weekend though. However, I couldn't miss Casino Royale on opening night.