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Posted On November 13, 2006

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The crackpot Kazakh created by the British comic Sacha Baron Cohen, is the box-office king for the second weekend in a row.

On the heels of a $26 million opening weekend that vaulted him into the No. 1 spot on the box-office chart compiled by the Exhibitor Relations Company, his vehicle, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (Fox), amassed an estimated $29 million to maintain its grip on first place in its second week in release.

The average per screen, however, dropped by nearly two-thirds to $11,302 as the movie was shown on some 2,500 screens, triple the number for its opening weekend.

As was the case last week, second place went to the G-rated comedy “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (Buena Vista), with $16.9 million, and third place to the computer-animated mouse adventure “Flushed Away” (Paramount), with $16.7 million.

The sole newcomer to crack the Top 5 was the Will Ferrell vehicle “Stranger Than Fiction” (Sony) with $14.1 million. The Halloween holdover “Saw III” (Lionsgate) took fifth with $6.6 million, while the well received “Babel” (Paramount Class), in wider release, attracted $5.6 million to take sixth place in its third week in theaters.

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