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Burn After Reading Number One

Posted September 15, 2008

Brad Pitt in <em>Burn After Reading</em>

Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading

The Coen Brothers’ new film Burn After Reading broke records across the board this weekend. Not only did it come in number one at the box office with a $19.4 million haul, but the spy comedy marked personal bests for Focus Features and the Coen Brothers. This was the highest opening weekend for the Coen Brothers, who last year won four Oscars for their drama No Country for Old Men. Indeed “Burn After Reading,” came in $7 million ahead of their previous biggest opening film, The Ladykillers. With a stellar ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, Burn After Reading captured the public’s imagination as well as tickling its funny bone. The head of Focus distribution Jack Foley told Variety, "I can’t say enough about this weekend. It really broke the doldrums, and it was great to lead the pack. It was our biggest opening ever, and for the Coens. I don’t think we’ve ever had a No. 1 picture before."