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'Bruno' tops the box office with $14.2 mil on Friday

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A gay Austrian’s dream to become “uber-famous” came true, as Sacha Baron Cohen’s new mockumentary, Bruno, topped the box office on Friday, according to early estimates. Bruno, which pushes its R-rating to places never before thought possible, grossed $14.2 million on Friday. By comparison, Cohen’s previous mockumentary, Borat, made $9.2 million on its first day; however, Bruno debuted on more than three times as many screens as Borat (2,756 versus 837). Second place went to the third Ice Age movie, which consumed $8.7 million on Friday while evolving past the $100 million mark. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen dropped 58% in its third week for a gross of $7.6 million. While that steep of a drop would spell trouble for most movies, Transformers has already tallied $323 million in the U.S. (not to mention more than $330 million overseas), so we doubt Paramount is shedding any tears. In fourth and fifth place were Public Enemies and The Proposal, which picked up $4.3 million and $3.5 million, respectively. Also opening wide this weekend was the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper, which clearly could have used more love — it registered a dweebish $2.1 million. Friday’s figures are below. Be sure to check back here on Sunday for the complete weekend box office report.

1. Bruno — $14.2 mil

2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs — $8.7 mil

3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — $7.6 mil

4. Public Enemies — $4.3 mil

5. The Proposal — $3.5 mil

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Box Office Report: ‘Bruno’ ist weekend’s No. 1 with $30.4 mil

Box Office Preview: Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Bruno’ eyes a big weekend win

‘Transformers 2’ breaks tie with ‘Ice Age 3’ to win three-day weekend

‘Transformers 2’ and ‘Ice Age 3’ tie for first place…sorta

‘Transformers 2’ wins Friday box office, becomes highest grosser of 2009

‘Transformers 2’ and ‘Ice Age 3’ still neck-and-neck at box office

The Movie Critics: Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum spar over Bruno:

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