October 21, 2008 / 4:29 PM / 10 years ago

Pitt and Clooney at top of UK box office

U.S. actors Brad Pitt (L) and George Clooney pose on the red carpet at the Film Festival in Venice August 27, 2008. Pitt and Clooney star in Ethan and Joel Coen's movie "Burn After Reading" which is opening this year's Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Max Rossi

LONDON (Reuters) - “Burn after Reading,” with Brad Pitt and George Clooney, topped the British box office after its opening weekend, according to Screen International on Tuesday.

The comic story of intrigue and blackmail in a health club is the latest offering from directors Joel and Ethan Coen who won four Oscars in February for “No Country for Old Men.”

Their new film took 2.04 million pounds ($3.4 million), almost double the take of terrorist thriller “Eagle Eye” which came in at No.2.

Third was another newcomer, “Igor,” an animated tale of evil scientists and frustrated ambition set in the Kingdom of Malaria.

Last week’s chart-topper, Playboy-themed “The House Bunny,” was down at four, while horror movie “Mirrors” was down from two to five with its tale of an angry spirit seeking vengeance on Earth.

Liam Neeson in kidnap drama “Taken” was down two places at six, above “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” with Simon Pegg as a British journalist trying to fit in at style magazine “Vanity Fair,” which was down at seven from three.

At eight, down one place, was Abba-based musical “Mamma Mia!” which has now taken 64.4 million pounds ($110.3 million) in its 15-week UK Top 10 run.

Science fiction movie “City of Ember” was down three places at nine while the week’s biggest faller, war movie satire “Tropic Thunder,” slipped to 10 from five.

Editing by Paul Casciato

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