Weekend Box Office: Bourne Legacy Hits Number One As Franchise Backslides

By Scott Gwin 2012-08-12 14:26:30discussion comments
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Adding a fourth entry to the series The Bourne franchise hit some highs and lows this weekend. Landing a secure first place with $40 million, The Bourne Legacy saw the lowest opening for a Bourne movie since the first foray Bourne Identity bowed in 2002.

Legacy also had the highest price tag for an entry in the series so far, coming in on a budget of over $125 million. As the first entry to not prominently star internationally drooled-over Matt Damon, this may also prove to be the first to not turn a tidy profit. But don't blame rising action star Jeremy Renner. It may simply be he has arrived on the scene in a franchise that should have quit while it was ahead.

Coming in at number two was the teaming of Galifianakis and Ferrell, The Campaign. With $27 million the movie fared well for a rated-R comedy. The other new comer to the top ten, Hope Springs, complete with its own leading pair Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, settled for a $15 million fourth place.

Total Recall continued to spiral downward after a disappointing number two debut last week. Dropping almost 70% to $6 million this weekend, it not only slipped from second place to sixth, it showed a world-wide total take of just $71 million against its $125 million budget.

If your cinematic preferences run more towards quirky sports comedy, you might have been eagerly awaiting the debut of Nitro Circus the Movie 3D. But you would have been in a minority. Opening in 800 theaters it earned just $2 million for 13th place.

For the total top ten break down, check out the chart below:

1.
The Bourne Legacy * $40,265,000 Total: $40,265,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,745
2.
The Campaign * $27,440,000 Total: $27,440,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,205
3.
The Dark Knight Rises $19,540,000 Total: $390,149,000 LW: 1     WR: 4    
THTRS: 3,690
4.
Hope Springs * $15,600,000 Total: $20,053,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,361
5.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days $8,200,000 Total: $30,554,000 LW: 3     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,398
6.
Total Recall (2012) $8,100,000 Total: $44,188,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,601
7.
Ice Age: Continental Drift $6,750,000 Total: $144,064,000 LW: 4     WR: 5    
THTRS: 3,102
8.
Ted $3,290,000 Total: $209,915,000 LW: 7     WR: 7    
THTRS: 2,208
9.
Step Up Revolution $2,850,000 Total: $30,165,000 LW: 6     WR: 3    
THTRS: 1,898
10.
The Watch $2,200,000 Total: $31,374,000 LW: 5     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,461

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