Box office win make benefits 'Borat'

85819__borat_lHigh five! Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan earned a shocking $26.4 million in only 837 theaters to win the weekend. Fox plans to show Borat in as many as 2,500 theaters by Friday (interesting, because the studio last week apparently got the jitters and cut the theater count by 1,200). Check out Joshua Rich’s Box Office Report for more number-crunching and gushing over the record-breaking win.

It just made opening-weekend history, but can the mockumentary outlast its initial hype? How many of you PopWatchers flocked the theaters, and did the film measure up to its premature media buzz? And who didn’t like the movie? It’s okay to speak up…

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  • Todd

    Sure, it was funny, but was it the greatest comedy ever? An instant classic? Not even close. I definitely liked it, but I’d still say it was very overrated. I wrote a longer review at eFilmCritic.com.

  • Daniel

    This movie was awesome…I laughed until I got a headache….Masterpiece. The scene with the femanist, ettiquette group, and the wrestling bout, were all classic. The only disappointed scene was with the frat boys because it seems a little rehearsed. Awesome Movie!

  • Ceballos

    Oh geez…I’m shocked, SHOCKED, that Popwatch hasn’t yet run an item with a headline like: “Oscar Watch: Best Actor…Borat!?”
    I mean, it was a funny movie and i’m glad it pulled in great numbers, but to proclaim it the funniest movie EVER? Put some of the drool over this movie back in your mouth, EW.

  • Anna

    I thought it was freaking hilarious!! Just juding with how much I laughed in this movie, I have to say it is easily one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. It’s not just that it was a funny movie… I also think it was ORIGINAL which truly makes it an instant classic.

  • dan

    A lot of it seemed scripted, stilted and rehearsed.

  • Chili Dog

    Definitely a classic. In my house, we speak movie speak. Borat is soon to become part of our vernacular.
    Are you serious, Clark?
    Overrated?…… not!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    I did not go see it because I did not find the few clips I saw the least bit funny. Just kind of sad.

  • Rik

    Greg, the movie previews and clips on youtube don’t do it any justice. Go see it, you won’t be sorry.
    And yes bloggers, i too have found myself 2 be speak like borat 4 the last couple of days. Very nice. I like !

  • Martin

    Re: Best Actor.
    I agree. If Roberto Benigni could snag an Oscar for Life Is Beautiful, then Sacha Baron Cohen shouldn’t have a problem. http://moviemartin.blogspot.com/2006/11/respect-for-moviefilm-for-make-good.html
    And though I already have five definite locks (though one is now in the bubble) for Best Actress, I’d like to see Amy Sedaris get some recognition for her phenomenal turn in Strangers with Candy.
    Comedy often gets the shaft come Oscar time, but the commitment of these two actors shouldn’t go unrecognized.

  • Pslightlt Psycho

    I saw a special screening of moviefilm a few days before it open nationwide on Fridays. (Geez-I’m even writing like Borat).
    In a word: PERFECT.
    Sacha Baron Cohen is God. Period.
    Please EW: For your annual Entertainers of the Year, please place Cohen in your Top 3. With BORAT and the only bright spot in TALLEDEGA NIGHTS, this is the year of Sacha.
    Sexytime!

  • cali girl

    seriously…with all the media hype and everything, i’m beginning to wonder if the magazines and newspapers are getting kickbacks from the theaters. is it funny? sure. funniest movie ever? not even close. i’m amazed at how many critics are falling all over themselves to praise sasha baron cohen who, although funny, is not the second coming of christ for the comedy world. the writers all sound like 13-year old boys in a state of frenzy over who can compliment baron cohen the most…wipe yourselves off, boys and pull up your pants.

  • Paul U.

    Granted, it would take a hell of a lot to shock or offend me, but I thought it was supposed to be the most hilariously offenive movie ever made? It was really funny, but not nearly as “outrageous” as it was portrayed to be in the media. The media definately overhyped this one…they got it wrong again, just like the way Running With Scissors was made to look like a wacky comedy when it was actually a very sad little movie.

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    Do ya think Graydon Carter is kicking himself for going with Brad Pitt for the cover of Vanity Fair (Pitt is considering suing) instead of Borat?

  • Lj

    I was shocked by how much I liked this movie! I went into it expecting a few laughs, but I typically don’t like this type of comedy. I’m a girl and it’s not my scene. Wow–hilarious, and I had a headache afterwards from laughing the entire time. I think I laughed even more than my boyfriend. What else surprised me was the crowd…it sold out the day before! It’s been a while since I’ve seen Saturday (all day) sell out on Friday morning. Also, on Saturday afternoon I saw a group of guys walking in the parking lot towards the theater and one of them looked ahead and saw the “sold out” sign…then he started yelling. I said “were you trying to see Borat?” and he said “what else would we be here for?..I guess we’ll have to drive the hour to the next big town” I thought it was amusing that a quirky low-budget film would garner that kind of absolute commitment.

  • Lj

    I was shocked by how much I liked this movie! I went into it expecting a few laughs, but I typically don’t like this type of comedy. I’m a girl and it’s not my scene. Wow–hilarious, and I had a headache afterwards from laughing the entire time. I think I laughed even more than my boyfriend. What else surprised me was the crowd…it sold out the day before! It’s been a while since I’ve seen Saturday (all day) sell out on Friday morning. Also, on Saturday afternoon I saw a group of guys walking in the parking lot towards the theater and one of them looked ahead and saw the “sold out” sign…then he started yelling. I said “were you trying to see Borat?” and he said “what else would we be here for?..I guess we’ll have to drive the hour to the next big town” I thought it was amusing that a quirky low-budget film would garner that kind of absolute commitment.

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