The studio estimates have come in and it is official: Jeremy Renner has delivered the goods as The Bourne Legacy debuted over $40 million. While this is a bit behind its immediate predecessors, the gimmick and leading men were both changed which had many suspecting an entry closer to $30 million. However, the last two Matt Damon-led installments of the series debuted north of $50 million, creating an aura of disappointment.
Given that this was Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut for Bourne (he previously only wrote them) in combination with the circumstances mentioned, not achieving such a feat seemed like an inevitability especially in light of the Aurora theater shootings last month–an event that is being blamed for a 10-20% contraction in overall box office revenue. It might also be worth mentioning that the competition was rather tough because right now there are currently three PG-13 big-budget actioners at the box office.
Second place went to Warner Bros.’s R-rated comedy The Campaign starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell. Good reviews and a general empty shell in the genre since Ted in late June gave this one an audience. Like The Bourne Legacy, it met the high-end of industry expectations with $27.4 million.
The Dark Knight Rises is still hanging in there with another $19.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $390 million. Basic extrapolation has the movie doing $430 million at its worst by time the run is complete for this trilogy-ender. Standard drop-off rules do not apply, so it could conceivably see $450 million assuming theaters continue to screen the film into September.
Fourth was Hope Springs which is that Meryl Streep-Tommy Lee Jones marriage counseling movie. It banked $15.6 million bringing its total to $20.1 million. This suggests a $60+ million domestic haul by time it is all said and done meaning that Streep has made money yet again with another low-budget offering. Many industry watchers will get a chuckle out of this one as recently the Academy Award-winning actress made headlines by ridiculing studio heads for spending $100′s of millions on blockbuster features that sometimes lose an equally large amount of money.
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