BEIJING, Nov. 14 -- A make-believe son of the glorious nation of Kazakhstan continues to rule the American box office.
Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" took in 29 million U.S. dollars to remain the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend, distributor 20th Century Fox said Sunday. "Borat" raised its 10-day total to 67.8 million dollars.
Borat, the Kazakh TV journalist who originated on "Da Ali G Show," jumps to the big screen in a mock documentary about his journey across America.
Crudely funny and raucously satiric, "Borat" was a surprise winner at the box office with a 26.5 million dollars opening weekend, even though it played in only 837 theaters, fewer than one-fourth the number of cinemas for "The Santa Clause 3" and "Flushed Away," which came in second and third at the box office respectively.
Some box-office analysts had questioned whether 20th Century Fox missed the boat by launching "Borat" in so few theaters, saying the movie could have rung up millions more on opening weekend if it had gone wider.
But Bruce Snyder, head of distribution for Fox, said the buzz from the movie's huge debut proved a great prelude to wider release in its second weekend, when it expanded to 2,566 theaters.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily/Agencies)