The Bourne Legacy the top film with $40 million

HollywoodNews.com: To the surprise of no one, the top film of the weekend was The Bourne Legacy. With $40 million, the fourth entry in the ten-year old franchise opened well above the $27 million debut of The Bourne Identity during June 2002, but that’s mostly due to ten years of inflation as The Bourne Identity’s opening would equal $38 million today. It’s below the $52 million debut of The Bourne Supremacy back in July 2004, and understandably well below the $69 million opening weekend of The Bourne Ultimatum back in August 2007.

This spin-off/reboot of the Matt Damon-led Bourne series showcased Jeremy Renner as a totally different government assassin in the same world as the three prior Bourne films. Helmed by Tony Gilroy (who had a hand in writing all three prior adaptations), Universal sadly spent $125 million on this quasi-sequel. So if the film ‘merely’ approaches the $121 million gross of the first film and earns about that much overseas ($92 million for a $214 million total), it won’t be profitable. The endless loop on USA starting in 2015 won’t hurt. The second and third films grossed $176 million and $227 million in the US respectively while earning $288 million and $422 million worldwide respectively (Bourne Ultimatum basically doubled Bourne Supremacy’s overseas take). If the film excels overseas, which it now must, matching the $288 million gross of Bourne Supremacy isn’t out of the question (it opened in a few markets this weekend and earned $7.8 million overseas).

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