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'Burn After Reading' Blazing at the Box Office

September 15, 2008 (2:21 am) GMT
Report on the top grossing films for the September 12 to 14 weekend from the North American box office.

Joel and Ethan Coen's drama comedy "" has led the North American box office's pack. Claiming the coveted #1 position, the Focus Features film helps to bring an end to the seven consecutive super-slow weekends following the superb opening of "" and marks a rebound from last week's worst weekend sales in five years.

With $19.1 million, the and -starrer flick has become the best movie debut ever for the filmmakers brothers. Their previous movies to open above the $10 million milestone are 2004's comedy starring , "Ladykillers" with $12.6 million opening and 2003's Clooney and -starrer "Intolerable Cruelty" with $12.5 million debut.

The success of "Burn" comes after the writer/director duo garnered four Academy Awards for their latest crime drama "". Focus distribution president Jack Foley points out that one of the factors leading to "Burn" flourish is the star-studded cast. He further comments, "The Coens have broken into more commercial territory with this film. They've become more of a household name."

On other box office report, the top five is dominated by newly-released flicks. Apart from "Burn", the other top three films sitting comfortably on the chart are "", "" and "" in respective order. 's "Family" follows "Burn" tightly grossing about two million less at $17.4 million.

"Righteous" pulls in $16.3 million, while "Women" rakes in $10.1 million. Rounding up the top five is Columbia Pictures comedy "". Managed to stay on the top list in its fourth weekend showing, the -starrer movie collects another $4.2 million to the total of nearly $103 million.

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