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Burn Leads Box Office Boom

Comedy thriller records biggest opening ever for Coen brothers
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2008 4:57 PM CDT
Burn Leads Box Office Boom
Actresses Sanaa Lathan, right, and Taraji P. Henson, left, join Tyler Perry, on the red carpet as they arrive to a special screening of Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, New York, Monday, Sept., 8, 2008.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Coen brothers' Burn After Reading led an unexpectedly strong box office weekend by nabbing top spot with $19.4 million, Variety reports. With overall sales up 35% over this frame last year, Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys took second with $18 million, followed by Righteous Kill ($16.5 million), The Women ($10 million), and The House Bunny ($4.3 million).

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