'Borat' hits more screens to retain top spot for 2nd week
Was glorious weekend again for "Borat," British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's look at America through the bizarre prism of a grammatically challenged, sex-crazed journalist from Kazakhstan.
"Borat," which is one part satire and two parts crude frat-house comedy, earned $29 million to hold the No. 1 box-office spot for a second consecutive week.
The film - the full name of which is "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" - made more money this weekend than last weekend, a rare feat achieved largely by tripling the number of screens on which it was shown from 837 to 2,556.
So far, the film, which cost less than $20 million to make, has pulled in $67.8 million.
The weekend's second and third most popular films were also holdovers: Tim Allen's "Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," with $16.9 million, and the animated "Flushed Away" with $16.7 million.
The best of a weak crop of new films was "Stranger Than Fiction," in which Will Ferrell plays an IRS agent who hears a voice narrating his life.
"Stranger" finished fourth with $14.1 million.
The horror flick "The Return" with Sarah Michelle Gellar finished eighth with $4.8 million and Russell Crowe's poorly reviewed romantic comedy "A Good Year" was 10th with $3.8 million.
"Borat" faces considerably stronger competition next weekend with the opening of "Casino Royale," starring Daniel Craig in the first new James Bond film since 2002.
Another well-hyped animated flick, "Happy Feet," opens on Friday.