Fans turned out to movies this weekend to support Matt Damon returning with director Paul Greengrass to the Jason Bourne. The action driven film brought in over $60 million at the box office, taking the number one spot.
While this was an impressive opening for the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Ultimatum, which was released in 2007, earned $69 million opening weekend. The Bourne Legacy, which featured Jeremy Renner in the lead role instead of Damon, earned $38.1 million.
Coming in second place was Star Trek Beyond, which earned an additional $24 million, bring its total over the $100 million mark. Rounding out the top three was the new R-Rated comedy Bad Moms, which made $23.4 million.
Cat-and-mouse extravaganzas are rarely as enjoyable as “Jason Bourne,” and when they are, it’s most likely because they’re the previous installments in this still vital rogue-agent franchise — that is, the ones directed by Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”). Perhaps today’s master practitioner of jagged action, Greengrass can turn fistfights and chases into collision art. And after last year’s slick-and-tired 007 retread “Spectre,” being reminded of the Bourne saga’s grittier thrills is welcome, indeed.
Starring Matt Damon as the titular character, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, Tommy Lee Jones as a superior officer at the CIA, Alicia Vikander and Riz Ahmed as two CIA cyber specialists and Vincent Cassel as the mysterious villain of the movie, Jason Bourne is set to hit theaters on July 29, 2016.
Check out our review of Jason Bourne here.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter