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"Borat" -- Bomb or Da Bomb?

11/3/2006 4:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

BoratWith its relentless PR campaign and endless stream of positive reviews, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" finally opens in theaters today. Despite the good buzz, the film's box office take will be on the watch list.

The movie was originally slated to open on about 2,000 screens, but was scaled back to 837 -- low tracking numbers being the cause. In comparison, "Santa Clause 3" and "Flushed Away" are opening wide on 3,707 and 3,458 screens, respectively. Put the two together and "Borat" has virtually no chance of opening in the top slot.

How far will it fall?

Two of the leading box office tracking websites, and, are predicting less-than-stellar receipts; has "Borat" opening in sixth place with just $5 million. predicts a slightly more positive opening; fourth place and $10.5 million. The budget for the film was just $17 million.

The news isn't all bad for Kazakhstan's least favorite son. surveyed thousands of moviegoers planning to see "Borat" and found that 96% are planning to see it this weekend. The site also reports that through yesterday at 3PM PT, 72% of ticket sales on the site were for "Borat."


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I saw the move it is GREAT! The funniest movie I ever saw the guy is genius, the theater was packed,non-stop laughing

2910 days ago


#6 Leonard - just because people don't find Sacha's brand of humor amusing doesn't make them feeble- minded. If you like him so much, nothing is stopping you and your friends from seeing this movie repeatedly over the weekend, making up some of the loss for all the people who WON'T be seeing it. Poster #7 is correct -- a Jew making fun of Jews -- why isn't that at least as culpable as Mel Gibson's remarks?

2910 days ago

We, are not amused.    

Things that don't exist in the real world:
The so-called country of Kazakhstan and Intelligent discourse on TMZ.
God help me, but I love it here!

2910 days ago


If you don't get Borat then you probably don't get life.

2910 days ago


jennifer post #16: As a Jew myself, I am not in the least bit offended by any of Cohen's antics, both past and present. What I was referring to is the fact that mainstream America are simply are too stupid to actually get it!

2910 days ago


I'm glad to see that Hollywood is finally making a movie that gets the word out on the Jews! This is the first one since "The Passion of the Christ."

2909 days ago


Hey post #19 "The Jewish Problem", you evidently are such a complete moron that you have absolutely no idea in the the validity of the comments contained in your post. Evidently, you have not seen this movie ["Borat"] or you would not have made such an Anti-Semitic remark. Dude, try to become more informed (providing that your are even literate), Sacha Cohen just happens to be a Jew you stupid f**k! I guess that they don't tell you that, as an apparent "skinhead" nitwit, and memeber of the American Nazi Party, or whatever. Let's all hope that the JDL decides to pay you a little visit in order to help you along with your education in this regard...

2909 days ago


I predict a surprise smash - $20 million and a strong second to Santa.

2909 days ago


#17. OMG Yes there is a Kazakhstan!!!

2909 days ago

coco puff    

I can't wait to see the movie, the clips I've seen of him are very funny. I like the one skit when he says " My country complained about Anti-Semitism, so, we had to add some more." The Jews need to lighten up, it's comedy you tight asses. Anyway, I think it will be a very successful movie and there will be a sequel for sure.

2909 days ago


In regards to the Ohio election coverage by Jon Stewart, and his Daily Show, the Midwest Midtacular, that Borat participated in: A major "wild card" in the Ohio election, notes Congresswoman Sherri Davis, is a downstate proposal backed by Ohio native Sara Jessica Parker that has controversially divided the rural county of Athens, a traditional Republican stronghold.

This issue bubbled to the forefront when, on a recent trip to Nelsonville, Ohio, to receive the key to the city of her hometown, Sarah Jessica Parker used a local yoga mat and returned home to New York City with a bad case of jock itch.

'Down south, in Athens County, issue ads have been blanketing the airwaves airing in support of a controversial county-wide proposal by actress Sarah Jessica Parker for stricter regulation of yoga mat cleanliness, which is Proposition 32 on the local ballot," says Davis. 'And this could have a major influence on voter turnout in that county and tip it into the Democratic column for the first time in decades.-"

'Now, Athens County generally votes Republican," says Congresswoman Davis, 'but as the seat of Ohio University, the county does have a very strong liberal Democratic minority. And so it is a possibility that Sarah Jessica Parker's highly publicized Yoga Mat Cleanliness Act (YMCA) could bring out the liberal Democrats in force, and tip that key county into the Democratic column for the first time in years."

Elsewhere in the nation, election-year controversy has been stirred by issue ads airing expressing the views of celebrities Michael J. Fox (stem cells) and even Boy George (seatbelt safety).

2909 days ago

Peggy Archer    

I tried to see Borat last night, but all showings at the Mann in Hollywood were sold out. - unlike Santa Clause.

2909 days ago

Peggy Archer    

The so-called country of Kazakhstan and Intelligent discourse on TMZ.

Um, Kazakhstan does exist.

2909 days ago


I think you guys owe Borat an apology. He blew away both "Santa Clause 3" and "Flushed Away" last night. He took in almost twice what the others did, despite being shown on a fraction of the screens.

2909 days ago

Smart,Handsome and well endowed    

#24 Diane
Are you sure about that? My exgirlfrieds dad worked for the CIA back when Regan was President and he said that there's no such a place....

#29 Peggy Archer
Hey, one out of two ain't bad....

2909 days ago
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