‘Burn’ Takes Box Office Prize
The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading captured the box office crown this weekend, netting the duo a record setting opening of $19,404,000 according to estimates from Box Office Mojo.
The top five slots were a mixed bag with Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys in second place with $18,020,000; the Al Pacino/Robert DeNiro drama Righteous Kill took $16,500,000 despite tepid reviews; and The Women nabbede $10,088,000 and mostly negative buzz with the comedy The House Bunny banking $4,300,000 (totaling $42,154,000).
After that, returning films were all up and down the charts as people turn their attention to more serious fare, the new television season and the local and national elections. As a result, holdovers such as Tropic Thunder, Death Race, Traitor, and the like were seeing 40-50% decreases in audience.
In the genre, The Dark Knight topped the list with an additional $4,015,000 boosting the total to $517,680,000 while the next top performers included Rogue’s Death Race lapped up another $2,017,000 and Vin Diesel’s Babylon A.D. banked just $1,770,000.