You know his name. Jason Bourne revitalized the spy genre over a decade ago when The Bourne Identity first landed on the scene in 2002. The movie surely helped shape how the James Bond franchise would adapt with Daniel Craig, and it made Matt Damon into a bona fide action star. The series has experienced a series of peaks and valleys over the last few years, but it's genuinely expected to return to its former glory when Damon returns to the titular role in the upcoming Jason Bourne. Anticipation for the spy thriller is high, and early box office projections for the amnesiac assassin seem similarly optimistic.
According to a new report from The Wrap, it looks like Jason Bourne will experience a very strong opening weekend when it hits theaters this Friday. Early estimates indicate that the fifth installment in the espionage franchise could rake in a solid $60 million over the course of its first three days. If these estimations are accurate, then that would make Jason Bourne the second-highest grossing installment in the Bourne franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, which raked in a cool $69 million during its opening weekend and garnered $227.5 million at the domestic box office.
As is usually the case, the studio has taken a much more frugal approach to estimating the total box office figures for this weekend. Universal seems to think that Jason Bourne will rake in closer to $40 million, but that still positions the upcoming thriller to win big at the box office this weekend.
Despite the fact that Bourne has become a fairly well worn franchise, anticipation for the next entry in the series seems high. For comparisons sake, it looks like current online ticket sales for Jason Bourne are currently outpacing that of last year's Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation -- similarly a fifth installment in another long-running franchise that served to revitalize the series' formula.
One of the major reasons that people feel so excited about Jason Bourne is because it's a movie that shows the franchise getting back to its roots. After the lackluster performance of the Jeremy Renner fronted The Bourne Legacy, the series went on ice for a few years. Now Jason Bourne has brought back series staples Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, and Paul Greengrass, in addition to bringing on a great deal of prestige in the form of Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones.
In case you've missed it, check out the trailer for Jason Bourne below to get excited for the badass spy's long-awaited return to the silver screen:
We will keep you posted regarding the financial performance of Jason Bourne as more information becomes available to us. Matt Damon will return to kick some serious ass in this iconic role when the film opens on July 29.