LATEST: Controversial new western Brokeback Mountain has broken 2005 box office records by scoring the highest per-screen average take for any film released.

The film, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as secret gay lovers, opened in just five cinemas in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco and took in an estimated three-day box office total of $544,549 (GBP302,527) - an average of $109,000 (GBP60,560) per screen.

The film opens all across America on Friday (16DEC05). The film was named the year's Best Movie by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Saturday (10DEC05). The film's director, Ang Lee, was also named Best Director.