'Bourne Legacy' Vanquishes 'Dark Knight Rises' at Box Office
August 12, 2012
Universalâs âBourne Legacyâ ended the reign of âDark Knight Risesâ with a $41.3 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, and gave franchise fans an intriguing question to ponder: Jeremy Renner, Matt Damon, or both?
The super spy tale is the fourth installment in the âBourneâ franchise and the first with Renner replacing Damon as the lead.
The success of the PG-13-rated action thriller âBourne Legacyâ represents a coming out party for Renner as a box-office star. Following his appearance in 2010's "The Hurt Locker," heâs been in several blockbusters including âThe Avengers,â âMission Impossible â Ghost Protocolâ and âThor,â but this time he was front and center.
And he could be in for another âBourneâ installment. âBourne Legacyâ didnât match the numbers put up five years ago by âThe Bourne Ultimatum,â which opened to $69 million and went on to earn $227 million domestically, but it played strongly enough to give Universal some options with the franchise.
Universal could do another with Renner, it could go back to Damon -- who bowed out of the fourth film -- or it could pair the two, a pricey proposition to be sure. âThat would be a dream.â Universalâs head of distribution Nikki Rocco told TheWrap Sunday. âBut weâre going to consider everything when we look at things going forward.â
As expected, âBourne Legacyâ played to older crowds. Sixty-nine percent of the âBourne Legacyâ audience was over 30 years of age, and 52 percent was male. It received a âBâ Cinemascore. Universal debuted the film in 3,746 theaters, which means it has a $10,749 per-screen average.
Renner wasnât âthe only one stepping into the spotlight on the $125 million Bourne Legacy.â Tony Gilroy, who penned the first three screenplays with his brother Dan, was in the directorâs chair for the first time since he helmed âDuplicityâ in 2009. Newcomers Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton joined âBourneâ alums Albert Finney, Joan Allen and David Strathairn in the cast.
The No. 2 movie was âThe Campaign,â Warner Bros.â R-rated political comedy starring Will Farrell and Zack Galifianakis. It did better than expected with a $27.4 million weekend.
Galafianakis continued his habit of delivering for Warner Bros. in R-rated comedies. He's starred in the box office hits âHangoverâ and âHangover 2,â and was paired with Robert Downey Jr. in 2010âs âDue Date,â which made $100 million domestically.
Ferrell hasnât been in a wide release film since âThe Other Guysâ in 2010. That was a PG-13-rated action comedy with Mark Wahlberg and it made $119 million. He did voice work on âMegamindâ but has otherwise steered clear of feature films, where his box office numbers have been uneven.