The HSS continues to doom any project that gets promoted in studio In third place,The Dictator collected a decent $17.4 million for a five-day tally of $24.5 million. (The movie opened on Wednesday.) The result is a bit of a setback for star Sacha Baron Cohen, whose prior comedies Borat and Bruno debuted to $26.5 million and $30.6 million, respectively. Now the question is whether the Paramount movie will fall at the same velocity as Bruno which ultimately ended its domestic run with just $60.1 million. BothThe Dictator andBruno Earned a poor “C” grade from CinemaScore audiences, which isn’t a promising sign. However, whereasBruno dropped an alarming 39 percent from Friday to Saturday, The Dictator managed to rise 16 percent.