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Burn After Reading (2008)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $60,355,347Details
International Box Office $107,812,451
Worldwide Box Office $168,167,798
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $22,915,494 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $22,915,494
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
78% - Certified Fresh
Audience
64% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$37,000,000
Domestic Releases: September 12th, 2008 (Wide) by Focus Features
Video Release: December 23rd, 2008 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.
Running Time: 97 minutes
Comparisons: vs. No Country for Old Men
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Keywords: Secret Agent
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Black Comedy
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Relativity Media, Working Title Films
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,761 $16,314 Dec 19, 2008 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,721 $32,481 Dec 12, 2008 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,781 $45,414 Dec 5, 2008 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,603 $86,900 Nov 28, 2008 80
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,652 $112,607 Nov 21, 2008 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,434 $195,748 Nov 14, 2008 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,176 $363,846 Nov 7, 2008 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,317 $456,578 Oct 31, 2008 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,359 $744,475 Oct 24, 2008 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,539 $1,097,546 Oct 17, 2008 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,433 $2,095,647 Oct 10, 2008 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,152 $4,120,129 Oct 3, 2008 24
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,001 $50,725,389 Oct 3, 2008 23
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,124 $6,196,269 Sep 26, 2008 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 912 $11,028,257 Sep 19, 2008 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 895 $19,128,001 Sep 12, 2008 3
Biggest September Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 51 $19,128,001 Sep 12, 2008 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,342 2,651 Sep 12, 2008 3
Biggest Saturday at the Domestic Box Office 1,292 $7,937,585 Sep 13, 2008 2
Biggest September Day at the Domestic Box Office 90 $7,937,585 Sep 13, 2008 2
Biggest Friday at the Domestic Box Office 1,301 $6,454,564 Sep 12, 2008 1

Cast

   Harry Pfarrer
   Linda Litzke
   Osbourne Cox
   Katie Cox
   Chad Feldheimer
Richard Jenkins    Ted
Elizabeth Marvel    Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche    CIA Officer
J.K. Simmons    CIA Superior
Jeffery DeMunn    Cosmetic Surgeon
Olek Krupa    Krapotkin
Michael Countryman    Alan
Kevin Sussman    Tuchman Marsh Man
J.R. Horne    Divorce Lawyer
Hamilton Clancy    Peck
Armand Schultz    Olson
Pun Bandhu    Party Guest
Karla Mosley    Party Guest
Richard Poe    Stretching Gym Patron
Carmen M. Herlihy    Prospective Gym Customer
Raul Aranas    Manolo
Judy Frank    Lawyer's Secretary
Sandor Tecsy    Russian Embassy Escort
Yury Tsykun    Senior Russian Embassy Man
Brian O'Neill    Hal
Robert Prescott    Process Server
Matt Walton    Morning Show Host
Lori Hammel    Morning Show Hostess
Crystal Bock    PR Woman
Patrick Boll    Sandy's Man
Logan Kulick    Four-Year-Old Patient
Dermot Mulroney    Star of "Coming up Daisy"
Robert R. Barry    Drunken Princetonian
Gary Henderson    Drunken Princetonian
Ted Bouton    Drunken Princetonian
Ron Kidd    Drunken Princetonian
Bob Bowersox    Drunken Princetonian
Bill Massof    Drunken Princetonian
Oliver Buckingham    Drunken Princetonian
Brian McKeon    Drunken Princetonian
Michael Fawcett    Drunken Princetonian
Ken McNeill    Drunken Princetonian
William Fowle    Drunken Princetonian
Tim Miller    Drunken Princetonian
Charles Gemmill    Drunken Princetonian
Jay Parks    Drunken Princetonian
Mitch Giannunzio    Drunken Princetonian
Roger Rathburn    Drunken Princetonian
Cliff Goulet    Drunken Princetonian
Eric Richardson    Drunken Princetonian
William D. Grey    Drunken Princetonian
Bart Wilder    Drunken Princetonian

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Director   
Screenwriter    Joel Coen
Screenwriter    Ethan Coen
Producer    Joel Coen
Producer    Ethan Coen
Executive Producer    Tim Bevan
Executive Producer    Eric Fellner
Executive Producer    Robert Graf
Director of Photography    Emmanuel Lubezki
Editor    Roderick Jaynes
Production Designer    Jess Gonchor
Costume Designer    Mary Zophres
Composer    Carter Burwell
Casting Director    Ellen Chenoweth
Assistant Director    Elizabeth Magruder
Unit Production Manager    Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
Unit Production Manager    Robert Graf
Art Director    David Swayze
Set Decorator    Nancy Haigh
Costume Supervisor    David Davenport
Costume Supervisor    M.J. McGrath
Costume Supervisor    Cha Blevins
Associate Editor    Neil A. Stelzner
Associate Editor    Katharine McQuerrey
Sound Mixer    Peter Kurland
Re-recording Mixer    Skip Lievsay
Re-recording Mixer    Craig Berkey
Re-recording Mixer    Greg Orloff
Supervising Sound Editor    Skip Lievsay
Sound Designer    Craig Berkey
Dialogue Editor    Byron Wilson
Music Editor    Todd Kasow
Make up    Jean A. Black
Make up    Patricia Regan
Hairstylist    Lyn Quiyou
Hairstylist    Sonia Rivera
Stunt Coordinator    Jery Hewitt

DVD Rentals - New Releases Nearly Invisible

January 13th, 2009

There was not a single new release to chart this week on the rental side of the home market. At least not an entirely new release. Eagle Eye led the way, but it placed fourth during its early release last week. More...

International Details - Day Starts to Set on International Chart

January 11th, 2009

The Day the Earth Stood Still fell out of the top five, as it was down 46% to $10.91 million on 5008 screens in 42 markets for a total of $129.59 million internationally and $204.01 million worldwide. The film's best market was Japan, where it remained in second place with $2.71 million on 642 screens over the weekend for a total of $19.19 million after three. More...

Will Fall Continue to Rise?

September 18th, 2008

Another week, another four wide releases... well, three and a half, as one of them is opening in fewer than 2,000 theaters, which is normally the level I consider truly wide versus semi-wide. It is unlikely that this week's crop of new releases will be as strong as last week's, and while the top of the chart won't live up to the level earned by last year's victor, Resident Evil: Extinction, the overall box office should still show some growth. More...

2008 Preview: September

September 1st, 2008

A pretty bland month with no wide release that look likely to surprise, either becoming a potential $100 million hit, or bombing so bad that they fail even to reach $10 million. The latter is a lot more likely, however, with a number of films that have serious obstacles to overcome, and it is very unlikely all of them will avoid bombing. On the other end of the scale, there are no films that have a legitimate shot at $100 million, while The top film of the month could make less than $70 million. More...

Cast Updates - August 23, 2008

August 23rd, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Extract, Gnomeo and Juliet, My Life in Ruins, and more! More...

New Movie US Release Dates - March 9, 2008

March 9th, 2008

This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Hell Ride, Hamlet 2, Burn After Reading and more! More...

Cast Updates - February 24, 2008

February 24th, 2008

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Hoodwinked 2, Shanghai, and more! More...

Cast Updates - September 20, 2007

September 20th, 2007

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Superhero!, The Women, and more! More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/09/12 1 $19,128,001   2,651 $7,215   $19,128,001 3
2008/09/19 2 $11,028,257 -42% 2,657 $4,151   $36,135,221 10
2008/09/26 5 $6,196,269 -44% 2,649 $2,339   $45,567,391 17
2008/10/03 7 $4,120,129 -34% 2,397 $1,719   $51,678,103 24
2008/10/10 14 $2,095,647 -49% 1,406 $1,491   $55,177,399 31
2008/10/17 18 $1,097,546 -48% 708 $1,550   $57,118,919 38
2008/10/24 19 $744,475 -32% 422 $1,764   $58,273,819 45
2008/10/31 22 $456,578 -39% 327 $1,396   $58,976,060 52
2008/11/07 24 $363,846 -20% 270 $1,348   $59,501,512 59
2008/11/14 31 $195,748 -46% 207 $946   $59,850,794 66
2008/11/21 34 $112,607 -42% 134 $840   $60,029,592 73
2008/11/28 35 $86,900 -23% 97 $896   $60,169,788 80
2008/12/05 38 $45,414 -48% 78 $582   $60,244,987 87
2008/12/12 43 $32,481 -28% 57 $570   $60,301,580 94
2008/12/19 50 $16,314 -50% 44 $371   $60,338,891 101

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/09/12 1 $6,454,564   2,651 $2,435   $6,454,564 1
2008/09/13 1 $7,937,585 +23% 2,651 $2,994   $14,392,149 2
2008/09/14 1 $4,735,852 -40% 2,651 $1,786   $19,128,001 3
2008/09/15 1 $1,493,389 -68% 2,651 $563   $20,621,390 4
2008/09/16 1 $1,640,625 +10% 2,651 $619   $22,262,015 5
2008/09/17 1 $1,437,723 -12% 2,651 $542   $23,699,738 6
2008/09/18 1 $1,407,226 -2% 2,651 $531   $25,106,964 7
2008/09/19 2 $3,478,005 +147% 2,657 $1,309   $28,584,969 8
2008/09/20 2 $5,004,740 +44% 2,657 $1,884   $33,589,709 9
2008/09/21 2 $2,545,512 -49% 2,657 $958   $36,135,221 10
2008/09/22 2 $790,649 -69% 2,657 $298   $36,925,870 11
2008/09/23 2 $907,846 +15% 2,657 $342   $37,833,716 12
2008/09/24 2 $794,863 -12% 2,657 $299   $38,628,579 13
2008/09/25 2 $742,543 -7% 2,657 $279   $39,371,122 14
2008/09/26 5 $1,635,096 +120% 2,649 $617   $41,006,218 15
2008/09/27 4 $3,069,438 +88% 2,649 $1,159   $44,075,656 16
2008/09/28 6 $1,491,735 -51% 2,649 $563   $45,567,391 17
2008/09/29 4 $471,328 -68% 2,649 $178   $46,038,719 18
2008/09/30 3 $601,342 +28% 2,649 $227   $46,640,061 19
2008/10/01 3 $514,309 -14% 2,649 $194   $47,154,370 20
2008/10/02 4 $403,604 -22% 2,649 $152   $47,557,974 21
2008/10/03 7 $1,262,603 +213% 2,397 $527   $48,820,577 22
2008/10/04 7 $1,904,812 +51% 2,397 $795   $50,725,389 23
2008/10/05 8 $952,714 -50% 2,397 $397   $51,678,103 24
2008/10/06 7 $316,479 -67% 2,397 $132   $51,994,582 25
2008/10/07 6 $337,402 +7% 2,397 $141   $52,331,984 26
2008/10/08 6 $382,693 +13% 2,397 $160   $52,714,677 27
2008/10/09 7 $367,075 -4% 2,397 $153   $53,081,752 28
2008/10/10 - $629,772 +72% 1,406 $448   $53,711,524 29
2008/10/11 13 $943,054 +50% 1,406 $671   $54,654,578 30
2008/10/12 13 $522,821 -45% 1,406 $372   $55,177,399 31
2008/10/13 14 $298,595 -43% 1,406 $212   $55,475,994 32
2008/10/14 14 $188,907 -37% 1,406 $134   $55,664,901 33
2008/10/15 13 $161,732 -14% 1,406 $115   $55,826,633 34
2008/10/16 14 $194,740 +20% 1,406 $139   $56,021,373 35
2008/10/17 - $346,452 +78% 708 $489   $56,367,825 36
2008/10/18 - $495,504 +43% 708 $700   $56,863,329 37
2008/10/19 - $255,590 -48% 708 $361   $57,118,919 38
2008/10/20 - $94,574 -63% 708 $134   $57,213,493 39
2008/10/21 - $109,565 +16% 708 $155   $57,323,058 40
2008/10/22 - $103,606 -5% 708 $146   $57,426,664 41
2008/10/23 - $102,680 -1% 708 $145   $57,529,344 42
2008/10/24 - $232,770 +127% 422 $552   $57,762,114 43
2008/10/25 - $337,858 +45% 422 $801   $58,099,972 44
2008/10/26 - $173,847 -49% 422 $412   $58,273,819 45
2008/10/27 - $57,227 -67% 422 $136   $58,331,046 46
2008/10/28 - $66,373 +16% 422 $157   $58,397,419 47
2008/10/29 - $61,145 -8% 422 $145   $58,458,564 48
2008/10/30 - $60,918 n/c 422 $144   $58,519,482 49
2008/10/31 - $93,450 +53% 327 $286   $58,612,932 50
2008/11/01 - $242,254 +159% 327 $741   $58,855,186 51
2008/11/02 - $120,874 -50% 327 $370   $58,976,060 52
2008/11/03 - $37,582 -69% 327 $115   $59,013,642 53
2008/11/04 - $34,544 -8% 327 $106   $59,048,186 54
2008/11/05 - $41,996 +22% 327 $128   $59,090,182 55
2008/11/06 - $47,484 +13% 327 $145   $59,137,666 56
2008/11/07 - $107,717 +127% 270 $399   $59,245,383 57
2008/11/08 - $166,642 +55% 270 $617   $59,412,025 58
2008/11/09 - $89,487 -46% 270 $331   $59,501,512 59
2008/11/10 - $39,360 -56% 270 $146   $59,540,872 60
2008/11/11 - $56,009 +42% 270 $207   $59,596,881 61
2008/11/12 - $29,952 -47% 270 $111   $59,626,833 62
2008/11/13 - $28,213 -6% 270 $104   $59,655,046 63
2008/11/14 - $61,058 +116% 207 $295   $59,716,104 64
2008/11/15 - $90,974 +49% 207 $439   $59,807,078 65
2008/11/16 - $43,716 -52% 207 $211   $59,850,794 66
2008/11/17 - $14,622 -67% 207 $71   $59,865,416 67
2008/11/18 - $17,486 +20% 207 $84   $59,882,902 68
2008/11/19 - $16,518 -6% 207 $80   $59,899,420 69
2008/11/20 - $17,565 +6% 207 $85   $59,916,985 70
2008/11/21 - $34,138 +94% 134 $255   $59,951,123 71
2008/11/22 - $53,090 +56% 134 $396   $60,004,213 72
2008/11/23 - $25,379 -52% 134 $189   $60,029,592 73
2008/11/24 - $12,156 -52% 134 $91   $60,041,748 74
2008/11/26 - $12,138   97 $125   $60,069,293 76
2008/11/27 - $13,595 +12% 97 $140   $60,082,888 77
2008/11/28 - $34,240 +152% 97 $353   $60,117,128 78
2008/11/29 - $35,633 +4% 97 $367   $60,152,761 79
2008/11/30 - $17,027 -52% 97 $176   $60,169,788 80
2008/12/01 - $7,345 -57% 97 $76   $60,177,133 81
2008/12/02 - $8,290 +13% 97 $85   $60,185,423 82
2008/12/05 - $14,598   78 $187   $60,214,171 85
2008/12/06 - $19,815 +36% 78 $254   $60,233,986 86
2008/12/07 - $11,001 -44% 78 $141   $60,244,987 87
2008/12/08 - $6,412 -42% 78 $82   $60,251,399 88
2008/12/09 - $6,084 -5% 78 $78   $60,257,483 89
2008/12/10 - $5,702 -6% 78 $73   $60,263,185 90
2008/12/11 - $5,914 +4% 78 $76   $60,269,099 91
2008/12/12 - $10,348 +75% 57 $182   $60,279,447 92
2008/12/13 - $14,116 +36% 57 $248   $60,293,563 93
2008/12/14 - $8,017 -43% 57 $141   $60,301,580 94
2008/12/15 - $5,389 -33% 57 $95   $60,306,969 95
2008/12/16 - $4,783 -11% 57 $84   $60,311,752 96
2008/12/17 - $5,563 +16% 57 $98   $60,317,315 97
2008/12/18 - $5,262 -5% 57 $92   $60,322,577 98
2008/12/19 - $5,081 -3% 44 $115   $60,327,658 99
2008/12/20 - $6,152 +21% 44 $140   $60,333,810 100
2008/12/21 - $5,081 -17% 44 $115   $60,338,891 101
2008/12/22 - $4,001 -21% 44 $91   $60,342,892 102
2008/12/23 - $4,186 +5% 44 $95   $60,347,078 103
2008/12/24 - $3,380 -19% 44 $77   $60,350,458 104
2008/12/25 - $4,889 +45% 44 $111   $60,355,347 105

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2008/09/12 1 $25,106,964   2,651 $9,471   $25,106,964 7
2008/09/19 2 $14,264,158 -43% 2,657 $5,369   $39,371,122 14
2008/09/26 5 $8,186,852 -43% 2,649 $3,091   $47,557,974 21
2008/10/03 7 $5,523,778 -33% 2,397 $2,304   $53,081,752 28
2008/10/10 14 $2,939,621 -47% 1,406 $2,091   $56,021,373 35
2008/10/17 17 $1,507,971 -49% 708 $2,130   $57,529,344 42
2008/10/24 20 $990,138 -34% 422 $2,346   $58,519,482 49
2008/10/31 23 $618,184 -38% 327 $1,890   $59,137,666 56
2008/11/07 24 $517,380 -16% 270 $1,916   $59,655,046 63
2008/11/14 31 $261,939 -49% 207 $1,265   $59,916,985 70
2008/11/21 37 $165,903 -37% 134 $1,238   $60,082,888 77
2008/11/28 35 $116,685 -30% 97 $1,203   $60,199,573 84
2008/12/05 36 $69,526 -40% 78 $891   $60,269,099 91
2008/12/12 45 $53,478 -23% 57 $938   $60,322,577 98
2008/12/19 61 $16,456 -69% 44 $374   $60,355,347 105

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
12/28/20084629,146 629,146$10,689,191$10,689,1911
1/4/20097198,594-68% 827,740$3,374,112$14,063,3032
1/11/20092567,981-66% 895,721$1,154,997$15,218,3003
1/18/20092256,318-17% 952,039$956,843$16,175,1434
1/25/20092549,523-12% 1,001,562$841,396$17,016,5385

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