‘The Dictator’ Invades Box Office, Doesn’t Conquer

EmmittOn Wednesday, May 16, the anticipated Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator was released internationally. Hollywood.com Box Office Analyst Paul Dergarabedian has concluded that, as of the morning of Thursday, May 17, The Dictator has earned around $4.2 million.

In its opening week, the film takes second place to the continuing success of The Avengers, which has grossed about $6.4 million since The Dictator‘s release. The Dictator beat out films including Dark Shadows, The Hunger Games and Think Like a Man (which took the third, fourth and fifth spots respectively)

Ready to give The Dictator even more competition are Battleship and What to Expect When Your Expecting. Can Cohen’s satirical romp gain legs? We’ll find out this weekend.


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.