Good morning movie lovers! Like most of you who participated in this week's box-office prediction, Patricia accurately guessed which movies would land in the top five, but who would've thought that there would be a Kazakh attack for No. 1? Here's what Patricia predicted:

  1. The Santa Clause 3
  2. Flushed Away
  3. Saw III
  4. Borat
  5. The Departed

But here's how the weekend grosses actually ended up:

  1. Borat, $26.4 million
  2. The Santa Clause 3, $20.0 million
  3. Flushed Away, $19.1 million
  4. Saw III, $15.5 million
  5. The Departed, $8 million
And after a lot of simple addition, here's where everyone is in the weekly standings:

  1. Patricia -- this week: 7 points/total: 46 points (after 4 weeks)
  2. chrisnbn -- 16 points/45 points (4 weeks)
  3. zsxxx03 -- 12 points/37 points (3 weeks)
  4. crzydcguy84 -- 9 points/35 points (4 weeks)
  5. drurd2006 -- 11 points/23 points (2 weeks)
  6. mrheenster -- 6 points/20 points (3 weeks)
  7. brldisteach -- 12 points (1 week)
  8. aargabrite -- 11 points (1 week)
  9. zippylizardhead --10 points (1 week)
  10. golfman -- 7 points (1 week)
  11. jecmen24 -- 7 points (1 week)

On paper, 'Santa Clause 3' looked like the perfect first choice. It's the last in a popular holiday franchise that has grossed $285 million domestically. It once again stars Tim Allen, a comedic A-lister whose many films havemade more than $800 million to date. And then there's the fact that it opened in more than 3,400 sites. That's roughly 2,600 more theaters than 'Borat' debuted in on Friday, so how could it not outearn the competition? Obviously the facts didn't take into account the viral, inescapable, ubiquitous persona that is Borat Sagdiyev, the Kazakh "reporter" who has invaded all aspects of American media these last few weeks.

Good news, Borat. You will not be executed. In fact, you can now let the fermented goat urine flow freely and pay for more than $10 of hand relief. Despite showing in only 837 screens, 'Borat' got a huge high-five from the American audiences, averaging more than $31,000 per theater -- a feat usually reserved for 'Star Wars'-like openings.

The studios behind the No. 2 and No. 3 family-oriented films, 'Santa Clause 3' and 'Flushed Away,' shouldn't worry, though. With the holidays approaching, both flicks should expect to stay in the top 10 for quite a while. Because as much as Borat appeals to the teen (specifically male teen) demographic, it's about as
kid-friendly as 'Saw III.'

Thanks for playing, and good luck with next week's predictions!

Tags:Borat, Santa Clause 3, Saw III, Flushed Away, The Departed, Sacha Baron Cohen, box office



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