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The Bourne Legacy tops US box office with $40.3 million

The Bourne Legacy

Story by Jack Foley

THE Bourne Legacy has topped the US box office with a healthy $40.3 million, thereby justifying Universal’s decision to expand the franchise with a new central character and leading man.

The film may not have been able to match the previous two Bourne films in terms of opening clout – Supremacy opened with $52.5 million in 2004 and Ultimatum debuted with $69.2 million in 2007 – but it did outperform the film that launched the franchise in the first place, The Bourne Identity, which took $27.1 million.

Legacy sees Tony Gilroy expand his creative duties to include writing and directing, while Jeremy Renner now becomes the focal point as another super-assassin in the Jason Bourne mould.

Nikki Rocco, Universal president of domestic distribution, declared himself to be very happy with the film’s performance, saying that the opening weekend had been a success.

“I’m happy,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think the success of this weekend certainly gives us an opportunity to move forward and strategize about the direction in which to take this franchise.”

Of the weekend’s other two new releases, Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis’ R-rated comedy The Campaign debuted to $27.4 million, debuting in second place, while adult dramedy Hope Springs – starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell – enjoyed a five-day debut of $20.1 million.

The Dark Knight Rises fell to third after three weeks at the top, taking a further $19.5 million to bring its US total to $390.1 million.

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