The Coen brothers “Burn After Reading”, the new film starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand, took the top spot at the box...

The Coen brothers “Burn After Reading”, the new film starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand, took the top spot at the box office this weekend. The dark comedy involves an ousted CIA official’s memoir that falls into the hands of two gym employees who are intent on exploiting their find. The film took in $19.4 million, according to studio estimates.

Tyler Perry’s “The Family That Preys” took the second slot, reporting a total of $18 million. Oscar winner Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard star in the film by playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry. It is described as a melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness.

“Righteous Kill”, the cop drama that reunited Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, met expectations with third place finish and $16.5 million in ticket sales, while “The Women”, the remake of the 1939 George Cukor classic, was fourth with $10.1 million. Rounding out the top five was “The House Bunny”, which brought in $4.3 million, bringing its total to $42.2 million.

The Hollywood spoof “Tropic Thunder” crossed the $100 million mark with a $4.2 million haul, lifting its total to $103 million.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending September 14, 2008

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Burn After Reading (2008) $19.4M $19.4M
2 The Family That Preys (2008) $18M $18M
3 Righteous Kill (2008) $16.5M $16.5M
4 The Women (2008/I) $10.1M $10.1M
5 The House Bunny (2008) $4.3M $42.2M
6 Tropic Thunder (2008) $4.18M $103M
7 The Dark Knight (2008) $4.01M $518M
8 Bangkok Dangerous (2008) $2.4M $12.5M
9 Traitor (2008) $2.13M $20.7M
10 Death Race (2008) $2.02M $33.2M