After languishing in the doldrums for five weeks, the box office finally got a boost thanks to four new films that together earned more than $60 million over the weekend. The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading was the surprise winner of the box-office crown with $19.1 million, the best ever for the quirky filmmakers. Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys came in a close second with $17.38 million, edging out the Robert De Niro/Al Pacino thriller Righteous Kill , which took in $16.29 million. The comedy The Women placed fourth with $10.12 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Burn After Reading, Focus, $19,128,001, (New); 2. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, Lionsgate, $17,381,218, (New); 3. Righteous Kill, Overture Films, $16,288,361, (New); 4. The Women , Picturehouse, $10,115,121, (New); 5. Tropic Thunder, Paramount, $4,183,405, 5 Wks. ($102,974,069); 6. The House Bunny , Sony, $4,154,427, 4 Wks. ($42,008,459); 7. The Dark Knight, Warner Bros., $4,128,153, 4 Wks. ($517,792,764); 8. Bangkok Dangerous, Lionsgate, $2,592,656, 2 Wks. ($12,723,787); 9. Traitor, Overture Films, $2,131,639, 3 Wks. ($20,734,170); 10. Death Race, Universal, $2,056,415, 4 Wks. ($33,232,495).

16/09/2008