Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan had another sensational weekend at the box office as 20th Century Fox tripled the number of theaters showing it. Borat wound up with an estimated $29 million, bringing its ten-day total to $67.8 million. Thanks to the Veterans Day holiday, the box office showed strong ticket sales for two other holdovers as well. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause dropped only 13 percent to around $16.9 million, while the animated Flushed Away remained close behind, declining 11 percent to $16.7 million. On the other hand, three newcomers failed to live up to analysts' predictions. The Russell Crowe starrer A Good Year tanked with just $3.7 million, while the critically praised Stranger than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell, earned an estimated $14.1 million. The horror flick, The Return, which was not screened for critics, earned a dismal $4.8 million. Expanding after two weeks, Babel wound up in sixth place with $5.65 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, $29 million; 2. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, $16.9 million; 3. Flushed Away, $16.7 million; 4. Stranger Than Fiction, $14.1 million; 5. Saw III, $6.6 million; 6. Babel, $5.65 million; 7. The Departed, $5.2 million; 8. The Return, $4.8 million; 9. The Prestige, $4.6 million; 10. A Good Year, $3.8 million.




13/11/2006