Box Office: ‘Jason Bourne’ Defeats Competition For $60 Million Debut
The return of Jason Bourne has further cemented Matt Damon as a box office draw after last year’s stellar, Oscar-nominated The Martian. Jason Bourne easily marched to the top of the box office, debuting at No. 1 with $60 million in what has become one of the best debuts of this summer so far.
But that’s not all, as Jason Bourne has also become one of the few franchise films of this year to debut stronger than the previous film in the series, as The Bourne Legacy opened to just $38.1 million in 2012. However, that could have a lot to do with the complete lack of Matt Damon in that movie. Jeremy Renner is a great actor, and Aaron Cross was a pretty cool character. But, as the box office evidence suggested at the time, he was no Jason Bourne.
Of course, the big story with Jason Bourne is just how well the movie is doing internationally, with the ticket sales from 56 foreign markets totaling $50 million. This is the best opening for any of the Bourne movies, and it places the film with a worldwide gross of $110.1 million in its first weekend. The film, which cost $120 million to make, has received strong critical reviews for both Damon and returning director Paul Greengrass, who helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, the second and third films in the (so far) five-film franchise, respectively. Needless to say, Jason Bourne steamrolled this weekend’s other competitors.
The other big newcomer for this week was the female-skewing comedy Bad Moms, which did pretty well for a movie that hasn’t received nearly the promotional push of a movie like Jason Bourne. In its debut weekend, the film is on track to earn around $23.4 million, which is impressive for an R-rated comedy. Granted, the movie couldn’t get above a third-place finish, but this isn’t so much a failure of Bad Moms so much as it is a testament to the staying power of Star Trek Beyond, which earned $24 million to pass $100 million in its second weekend. Bad Moms is bolstered by solid audience reviews, and a star-lined cast that includes Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate.
And then there was Nerve. The thriller, which stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, earned about $15 million over the course of its five-day debut, since the film released last Wednesday. Excluding Wednesday and Thursday, the movie is projected to take in $9 million, for a disappointing eighth-place finish. However, the positive is that the film cost just $20 million to make, so there’s still hope for Nerve turning a profit, particularly if word-of-mouth is able to keep it in the summer movie conversation. After all, there’s nothing else like it in theaters right now, really.
We’ll update tomorrow with more box office news once the final numbers are in. Until then, let us know what you saw at the movies this weekend, and what you’re looking forward to seeing, in the comments below!
And for more news from the weekend in entertainment, read up on Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey coming out as gay — only to apparently retract it!