The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is celebrating the record-breaking box office success for the opening weekend of “Brokeback Mountain,” which bowed in five theaters in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco for an estimated three-day box office take of $544,549, an average of $109,000 per screen. This is both the highest per-screen average for any film released in 2005, and the highest per-screen average ever for an adult drama, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

On Friday, December 16, “Brokeback Mountain” opens in 21 additional markets on approximately 60 screens in cities such as Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Washington DC.

On Saturday, December 10, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named “Brokeback Mountain” the year’s best movie and Ang Lee as the year’s best director.

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