By Dave Karger
Updated July 16, 2009 at 08:30 PM EDT

Bruno‘s $30.6 million opening-weekend gross may put it only at No. 231 on the all-time list of top movie debuts, but it did break one interesting record: It now boasts the best opening ever for a film with an openly gay character in the lead role. (The previous record-holder was 1996’s The Birdcage, with $18.3 million.) That’s right: Even though a movie about two guys pretending to be gay (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) occupies a higher spot on the top-opening list, no gay-centric film has ever grossed more than $20 million, much less $30 million, in its first weekend…until now. So should gay movie fans be thrilled that this ceiling has been broken? Or should they be mortified that it was this polarizing character that’s responsible for it? In either case, Bruno will still have a hard time topping Birdcage‘s $124.1 million overall gross, so that record is likely to remain intact.

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