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Burn After Reading (2008)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $60,355,347Details
International Box Office $107,812,451Details
Worldwide Box Office $168,167,798
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $23,070,413 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $23,070,413
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Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,312 $60,355,347
All Time International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 775 $107,812,451
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 901 $168,167,798
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies (Rank 301-400) 369 $60,355,347
All Time International Box Office for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 162 $107,812,451
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 201-300) 213 $168,167,798

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.


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. The Men Who Stare at Goats
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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

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Fastest to $50m 1,069 $50,725,389 Oct 3, 2008 23
Biggest Domestic September Weekend 56 $19,128,001 Sep 12, 2008 3

Lead Ensemble Members

   Harry Pfarrer
   Linda Litzke
   Osbourne Cox
   Katie Cox
   Chad Feldheimer

Supporting Cast

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

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2008/09/12 1 $19,128,001   2,651 $7,215   $19,128,001 1
2008/09/19 2 $11,028,257 -42% 2,657 $4,151   $36,135,221 2
2008/09/26 5 $6,196,269 -44% 2,649 $2,339   $45,567,391 3
2008/10/03 7 $4,120,129 -34% 2,397 $1,719   $51,678,103 4
2008/10/10 14 $2,095,647 -49% 1,406 $1,491   $55,177,399 5
2008/10/17 18 $1,097,546 -48% 708 $1,550   $57,118,919 6
2008/10/24 19 $744,475 -32% 422 $1,764   $58,273,819 7
2008/10/31 22 $456,578 -39% 327 $1,396   $58,976,060 8
2008/11/07 24 $363,846 -20% 270 $1,348   $59,501,512 9
2008/11/14 31 $195,748 -46% 207 $946   $59,850,794 10
2008/11/21 34 $112,607 -42% 134 $840   $60,029,592 11
2008/11/28 35 $86,900 -23% 97 $896   $60,169,788 12
2008/12/05 38 $45,414 -48% 78 $582   $60,244,987 13
2008/12/12 43 $32,481 -28% 57 $570   $60,301,580 14
2008/12/19 50 $16,314 -50% 44 $371   $60,338,891 15

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 GrossWeek
2008/09/12 1 $25,106,964   2,651 $9,471   $25,106,964 1
2008/09/19 2 $14,264,158 -43% 2,657 $5,369   $39,371,122 2
2008/09/26 5 $8,186,852 -43% 2,649 $3,091   $47,557,974 3
2008/10/03 7 $5,523,778 -33% 2,397 $2,304   $53,081,752 4
2008/10/10 14 $2,939,621 -47% 1,406 $2,091   $56,021,373 5
2008/10/17 17 $1,507,971 -49% 708 $2,130   $57,529,344 6
2008/10/24 20 $990,138 -34% 422 $2,346   $58,519,482 7
2008/10/31 23 $618,184 -38% 327 $1,890   $59,137,666 8
2008/11/07 24 $517,380 -16% 270 $1,916   $59,655,046 9
2008/11/14 31 $261,939 -49% 207 $1,265   $59,916,985 10
2008/11/21 37 $165,903 -37% 134 $1,238   $60,082,888 11
2008/11/28 35 $116,685 -30% 97 $1,203   $60,199,573 12
2008/12/05 36 $69,526 -40% 78 $891   $60,269,099 13
2008/12/12 45 $53,478 -23% 57 $938   $60,322,577 14
2008/12/19 61 $16,456 -69% 44 $374   $60,355,347 15

International Cumulative Box Office Records


Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records


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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