The Bourne Legacy On Track For Strong Opening Weekend

By Katey Rich 2012-08-10 14:36:07discussion comments
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The jury's still out on whether Jeremy Renner can really match Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, but the Renner-led Bourne Legacy is already showing enough muscle at the box office to make the gamble more than worth it. Early numbers for Friday have The Bourne Legacy making between $15 and $18 million today, which puts it on track for a $45 million opening weekend-- well ahead of the $27 million The Bourne Identity made when it kicked off the franchise in 2002, and not too far behind the $52 million netted by the sequel Bourne Supremacy.

And Bourne isn't the only movie looking strong out there. According to the early numbers at The Hollywood Reporter, the Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign is projected to make between $9 and $10 million today, putting it on track for an opening in the mid-$20 million range. That's a little bit below recent Ferrell successes like The Other Guys and Step Brothers, but it's better than projected, so nobody seems to be complaining. And while Hope Springs, the Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones romantic comedy, will have a lower opening in the $10 million range, expectations were a bit lower for that one, so no crying at Sony over that either.

We'll bring box office updates to you throughout the weekend, but in the meantime let us know what you're out there seeing, and if you think The Bourne Legacy really is a worthy follow-up to the original Bourne franchise. If you're looking for more Renner chatter, you can always check out our Ranking Renner feature, in which we weigh the awesomeness of each of his characters against each other. Aaron Cross, his Bourne Legacy character, comes in second-- find out who beat him!
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