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Borat 2 draws in ‘tens of millions’ of viewers on Amazon Prime during opening weekend

Sacha Baron Cohen in characte as Borat

Borat 2 draws in ‘tens of millions’ of viewers on Amazon Prime during opening weekend (Picture: Backgrid)

Fans finally got to watch Borat 2, following its recent release, and it sounds like the movie is already a sure fire hit.

The film, titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, sees Sacha Baron Cohen, 49, reprise his role as the controversial title character.

Reviews came flooding in calling the movie sequel ‘as shocking as it is hilarious’ and now, Amazon has revealed that it reeled in huge viewing figures, as ‘tens of millions’ tuned in to watch Borat 2 during its opening weekend.

According to Variety, Amazon is notoriously known for being tight-lipped when it comes to revealing exact data figures, with a spokesperson for Amazon refusing to give specific numbers to the publication.

They did, however, reveal that ‘tens of millions’ viewers watched Borat 2 while stating that data provided by TV analytics company Samba TV, suggesting the movie’s estimated viewership in the US reached 1.6million households, was incorrect.

Going by Samba TV’s data, Borat’s 1.6million US household would have beaten the likes of Disney movie Mulan which was watched by 1.12million households on its release.

The original Borat movie was released in 2006 and saw Cohen pushing boundaries, as he played a man named Borat from Kazakhstan who travels to the US to make a documentary.

It was nominated for best adapted screenplay and Cohen won best actor in a motion picture for a musical or comedy at the Golden Globes.

Fans have dubbed Borat 2 just as outrageous as the original, with the movie following Borat as he returns to America in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and 2020 elections with his daughter Tutar.

Borat and daughter Tutar in Borat 2

Borat 2 sees the controversial character return to the US with his daughter (Picture: Twitter/Borat 2)

Tutar is played by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova and Cohen is tipping his co-star for an Oscar, stating that it would be a ‘travesty’ if she doesn’t land an Academy Award.

The Hollywood actor hailed Bakalova as ‘hilarious’ and revealed 600 girls were interviewed to play her character.

Cohen said: ‘She is one of the most courageous actors in history. If she doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar, then that’s a travesty. She’s hilarious and has the capacity to deliver a scene and make you cry.

‘That’s what finally got her the part. When we did the breakup scene in the movie, I had to stop it because I felt myself getting quite emotional.’

He praised Bakalova – who viewers have said is more ‘fearless’ than Borat in the second film – for ‘coming to America for the first time to play a role with real people in some terrifying situations.’

Borat 2 is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.


Credit: Original article published here.

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