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Jason Bourne opens in US to impressive $60 million

Jason Bourne

Story by Jack Foley

MATT Damon’s return to the action genre with Jason Bourne has proved a massive success, with the film enjoying one of the best openings of the US summer this year.

The fifth film in the franchise, and fourth starring Damon, took $60 million to actually come in ahead of its predecessor, 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which debuted to a soft $38.1 million.

That said, Jason Bourne didn’t match the $69 million opening of Damon’s last outing in the role, The Bourne Ultimatum, in 2007. But it still ranks as the actor’s second-best opening.

Overseas, the film also performed well, taking $50 million from 56 markets, to post the best opening of any Bourne title and putting the movie’s global debut at $110.1 million.

Of the countries it opened well in, South Korea led the way with a stellar $11.2 million, followed by $10.2 million in the UK, where it came in second behind Finding Dory ($10.8 million).

Jason Bourne, which cost $120 million to produce, is also notable for reuniting Damon with director Paul Greengrass, who helmed The Bourne Supremacy (2004) as well as Ultimatum.

Commenting on its performance, Universal’s domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou told The Hollywood Reporter: “Matt Damon’s return and his reteaming with Paul Greengrass spurred this film to a $60 million result, which is extraordinarily strong. And Matt worked tirelessly to promote this film.”

The weekend’s other high-profile entry, the female-comedy Bad Moms opened to a solid $23.4 million to mark one of the better recent openings for an R-rated comedy. It placed third behind Jason Bourne and Star Trek Beyond, which earned $24 million-plus in its second weekend to jump the $100 million mark.

Bad Moms was directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the writing team behind The Hangover) and follows a trio of overworked and under-appreciated moms — played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn — as they rebel and embark on an adventure of freedom and self-indulgence.

Another new release, Lionsgate’s thriller Nerve, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, took an estimated $15 million over its five day debut, with a projected weekend take of $9 million.

The film follows the duo as they get sucked into a dangerous modern game of truth or dare – and it attracted generally favourable reviews to help it to eighth spot at the box office.

Of the holdovers, Star Trek Beyond comfortably jumped the $100 million mark in its second weekend to finish Sunday with a US total of $105.7 million.

While animated title The Secret Life of Pets held onto fourth spot in its fourth weekend with $18.2 million for a very healthy US total of $296.2 million.

And horror hit Lights Out continued to impress in its second weekend, falling just 42% to $10.8 million for a US total of $42.9 million (it cost only $5 million to make). That film rounded out the top five, meaning that Ice Age: Collision Course fell out of the top five, to sixth, taking $10.5 million for a disappointing US total of $42.1 million.

Another significant piece of box office news went to Pixar and Disney’s Finding Dory, which has now grossed $831 million worldwide. It sits at ninth spot at the US box office, taking $4.2 million over the weekend in the US, to bring its US total to $469 million.

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