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The Matt Damon-less “The Bourne Legacy”, which posits a new hero in the vein of Bourne (and starring Jeremy Renner) opened in first place over the weekend with a nice $40 million take, according to studio estimates. It easy took the top spot away from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, which finally lost its grip on #1 in its fourth week of release, slipping to third place behind studio-mate “The Campaign”. The Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy opened with $27.4 million, good enough to take second place over “Rises”. Nolan’s final Batman film added an extra $19.5 million to its coffers, giving it $390 million so far Stateside, and $835 million worldwide.
Budgeted at around $125 million, “The Bourne Legacy” sure didn’t skimp on the “Bourne” with its flood of advertising. If you weren’t prone to surfing the Interwebs for your movie news, or just to check out the latest details on an upcoming movie, you might be forgiven for thinking that “The Bourne Legacy” co-starred Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon. They studio sure didn’t feel very guilty about flashing Damon’s Bourne face (not to mention using his name) all over the advertising and trailers for the movie, that’s for sure. I wonder how many of the film’s tickets sold were bought by people with the expectations of seeing Damon back in the role? Someone get on it and get back to me.
“Bourne Legacy’s” weekend total was expected to do a bit more than $40 million, but I’m sure the studio will take what they got, given that they took a major gamble by tossing aside a problematic Damon for a continuation of a franchise most people associates with him. I thought the film was too talky and a tad in love with its own made-up jargon myself, but your mileage may vary.
The comedy “The Campaign”, on the other hand, was about right on target with industry expectations, while $390 million in four weeks for “The Dark Knight Rises” is certainly nothing to sneeze at, especially given all of its problems on opening week and beyond. I don’t think a film has had so much thrown against it and still managed to overcome. Not so for Sony’s “Total Recall” reboot, which fell to sixth place in its second week with a weak $8.1 million, giving it $44 million so far and $71 million worldwide after two weeks. Like “Bourne”, “Total Recall” is saddled with a $125 million production budget and massive promotional costs.
Via : Box Office Mojo