'Borat' freezes out 'Clause 3' with big Day

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Wow wow wee waa! 20th Century Fox's "Borat," despite debuting in just 837 theaters, triggered a boxoffice stampede Friday, handily taking the top spot for the day. According to boxofficemojo.com, the boxoffice tracking site, the ambush comedy in which comedian Sacha Baron Cohen travels America in the character of Kazakhstan journalist Borat Sagdiyev, grabbed an estimated $9.05 million during its first day of release. Its per-theater average amounted to a resounding $10,812.

Even though it arrived in 3,458 theaters, Buena Vista's family film "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," starring Tim Allen, lagged well behind ?Borat? in second place. It attracted an estimated $5.2 million Friday.

This weekend's other new wide release, Paramount's animated "Flushed Away," from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, bowed in fourth place. The tale of sewer rats collected an estimated $4.6 million.

Rounding out the top five Friday, Lionsgate's horror pic "Saw III" shared the second place spot with "Clause 3" since it also took in an estimated $5.2 million. Buena Vista's magic show "The Prestige" held down fifth place with an estimated $2.4 million.
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