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US and A Likes Borat!

Sacha Baron Cohen's flick earned the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend.

Despite opening in fewer theaters than originally planned, Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy earned the No. 1 spot at the box office, earning $26.4 million, according to the AP. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan beat expected big winner The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (which came in at No. 2) after opening in only 837 theaters, less than one-fourth the theaters that showed The Santa Clause. “This picture was playing to full houses,” Bruce Snyder, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox, told the AP. “The planets aligned, the moons aligned, the stars aligned, and everything came together perfectly for us on this weekend.” This Friday, Borat will expand to up to 2,500 theaters.

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