Box Office: Matt Damon and ‘Jason Bourne’ Draw With $60 Million No. 1 Debut
Jason Bourne is officially the No. 1 film in America, and that proves one thing: Matt Damon draws.
Even without the success of last year’s The Martian, the $60 million debut for Jason Bourne illustrates that you can’t make a successful Bourne film without Damon. This movie opened $21.9 million stronger than the previous film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in place of Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. While it’s not exactly surprising that a Bourne film without Jason Bourne would do less money than the film that features Bourne’s return to the big screen after nearly a decade on the bench, it’s impressive to see just how much more money Jason Bourne raked in than its predecessor. Out of every film in the five-film franchise, only The Bourne Ultimatum opened stronger, as that film debuted with $69.3 million back in 2007.
Naturally, with its $60 million No. 1 debut, Jason Bourne has officially earned one of the best debuts of this summer overall, and one of the best sequel openings of the year. And that’s not all, as Damon and the Jason Bourne brand are proving just as big a draw overseas, with 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. It wasn’t even close with other competitors this week.
The biggest of this weekend’s other newcomers was Bad Moms, which earned $23.4 million to make for one of the more impressive R-rated comedy openings in some time. This wasn’t enough to get above a third-place finish. But, as noted in yesterday’s report, this isn’t particularly an issue with Bad Moms so much as it is a testament to the staying power of Star Trek Beyond, which held steady at No. 2 with $24 million to pass the $100 million mark in its second weekend. While it’s a bit of a steep drop from week one, Star Trek Beyond has positive word-of-mouth on its side, which should be able to keep it clinging to the Top 5 for at least a little while longer. By the same token, Bad Moms is bolstered by solid audience reviews, as it currently holds an “A” rating on Cinemascore. In addition, it has the positive of a star-studded, talented, female-fronted cast that includes Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate.
Last among the newcomers is Nerve, a thriller starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, which earned $15 million over the course of its five-day debut. However, if you exclude last Wednesday and Thursday, the movie took in just $9 million to land at No. 8. While this is a disappointing opening for a film that was likely hoping to get that viral marketing push through social media, the positive is that Nerve cost just $20 million to make, so it doesn’t have as far to travel to reach profitability as some other films this summer season.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 08/01/2016
1. Jason Bourne ($60 million)
2. Star Trek Beyond ($24 million)
3. Bad Moms ($23.4 million)
4. The Secret Life of Pets ($18.2 million)
5. Lights Out ($10.8 million)
6. Ice Age: Collision Course ($10.5 million)
7. Ghostbusters ($9.8 million)
8. Nerve ($9 million)
9. Finding Dory ($4.2 million)
10. The Legend of Tarzan ($2.4 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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