The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading lit a fire under the box office over the weekend as it opened with an estimated $19.4 million. The comedy thriller starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich edged out Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, which took in $18 million. The Al Pacino-Robert De Niro drama Righteous Kill placed third (most analysts had predicted it would land in first place) with $16.5 million, while the comedy The Women opened with an estimated $10.1 million. House Bunny rounded out the top five with $4.3 million. In its fifth week, the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder added $4.2 million to its domestic gross, putting it just over the $100-million mark. The overall box-offic results appeared to end a seven-week box office slump.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Media by Numbers 1. Burn After Reading, $19.4 million; 2. Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys , $18.0 million; 3. Righteous Kill , $16.5 million; 4. The Women, $10.1 million; 5. The House Bunny, $4.3 million; 6. Tropic Thunder, $4.2 million; 7. The Dark Kni ght, $4.0 million; 8. Bangkok Dangerous, $2.4 million; 9. Traitor, $2.1 million; 10. Death Race, $2.0 million.