It was an interesting weekend at the box office with Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan defying estimations by pulling in $26.4 million on only 837 screens. Look for it to go much wider this week.

Opening much wider, Tim Allen's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause put $20 million in the stockings of Walt Disney Pictures. Considering that we are almost two months away from Christmas, this film should have a healthy life throughout the holiday season.

It was thought that Flushed Away might get the toilet treatment from viewers, but it's $19.1 million take over the weekend fell in line with DreamWorks' expectations.

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Saw III continued to cut it up at the box office with a weekend take of $15.5 million. Made for $10 million, this film is currently at $60 and could perhaps pass the $100 million mark if the positive audience attendance continues.

Martin Scorsese's The Departed passed the $100 million mark bringing in $8 million during it's fourth week of release. This film will easily be the highest grossing picture the director has ever made.

Christopher Nolan's The Prestige continued to cast a spell conjuring up $7.8 million. MovieWeb's Brian, Timmy, and myself actually had a chance to contribute to this film's success last weekend, and we all agreed that this movie was one of the best of 2006.

Flags of Our Fathers raised $4.5 million to bring it's box office take to $26.6 million thus far. Made for $53 million, one has to wonder if this movie's performance has DreamWorks a tad nervous about their other World War II film helmed by Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima?

Man of the Year managed to chalk up a few more laughs for Robin Williams taking in $3.8 million.

Taking in $3.1 million, Open Season had to make Columbia Pictures smile bringing it's total to a little over $80.1 million.

Lastly, in only 387 theaters The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, grossed $3.0 million bringing it's total take thus far to $10.1. Made for $15 million and with the awards season beginning to get underway, I think it's highly likely that this movie will continue to rack up more royal dough.

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Evan Jacobs