Bruno Struts to Top Spot

LOS ANGELES ~ Raunchy adult comedy Bruno – starring comic Sacha Baron Cohen as a gay Austrian fashionista – strutted to the top spot at the North American box office at the weekend.

The outrageous “mockumentary,” which follows its flamboyant protagonist as he tries to make it big in America, scored US$30.6 million in its opening weekend, according to figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The film, Cohen’s first since his surprise 2006 hit Borat, edged the animated heroes of Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs, which finished in second spot with $27.6 million in its second week of release.

In third place was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay’s sequel to the first Transformers movie in 2007, which earned $24.2 million in its third week of release.

Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as notorious US gangster John Dillinger, pulled in $13.8 million in its second week in theatres.

In at fifth place, and down a spot from last week, was The Proposal, a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as a pushy boss who marries her assistant to get a US visa, which earned $10.6 million.

The Hangover, a raucous comedy about the fallout from a Las Vegas bachelor party, occupied sixth place, adding $9.9 million to bring its five-week earnings to $222.4 million.

In seventh place was new release I Love You, Beth Cooper, a teen comedy starring Hayden Panettiere as a popular high school girl wooed by a nerd, which earned $4.9 million.

Down two places to eighth was Pixar’s hugely successful animated feature Up, which tells the story of a grumpy old man who finds adventure in Latin America. In its seventh week in theatres, the movie earned $4.7 million, bringing its earnings to date to $273.8 million.

In ninth place was My Sister’s Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz, which also fell two places from last week after earning $4.3 million in its third week.

Rounding out the top 10 was The Taking of Pelham 123, the action thriller starring John Travolta, which took $1.5 million.

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