Jason Bourne was back and looked as strong as ever at the box office, providing the summer movie season with a nice boost.
Earning the top spot this weekend is Jason Bourne (read our review) with $60 million in its first three days. That's the second-highest debut for an installment in this franchise, trailing only The Bourne Ultimatum's $69.2 million in 2007. Though the reviews for this Matt Damon-led entry were considerably worse than the first three, pundits still painted it as an enjoyable action movie, and the audience demand to see the actor back in his iconic role was definitely there. This is a strong start for the film, one that it really needed since Suicide Squad is on deck for next week.
The newest Bourne is well on its way to turning a profit for Universal. When the international figures are factored in, the movie has already made $110.1 million worldwide, just short of its $120 million production budget. It remains to be seen how strong its legs will be, but Jason Bourne should be in solid shape when it's all said and done. Regardless of whether or not Damon and director Paul Greengrass team up for another one, they can at least take solace in the fact that they delivered another hit.
In second is last week's champ Star Trek Beyond with $24 million. That's a sizable 59 percent decrease from its soft opening weekend, which was probably caused by the arrival of Jason Bourne. To date, the film has made $105.7 million domestically and $160.5 million globally. It has still yet to open in certain key foreign markets (namely China), so even though it hasn't been performing as strongly as its predecessors, Beyond should prove to be a fruitful endeavor for Paramount when it's all said and done.
The #3 film is new comedy Bad Moms (read our review), which barely lost to Star Trek with $23.4 million. The film was the beneficiary of mostly positive reviews, which helped its prospects heading into the weekend. It also got a boost by being counter-programming from the big studio tentpoles, tapping into an underserved demographic. Bad Moms has already made back its entire $20 million production budget, so this is a mid-level hit that should turn a nifty profit for STX.
Animated movie The Secret Life of Pets comes in fourth with $18.2 million. The latest from Illumination Entertainment is now up to $296.1 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is Lights Out. The horror flick made $10.8 million in its second weekend to raise its Stateside total to $42.8 million.
In sixth is Ice Age: Collision Course, which made $10.5 million in its second weekend. Failing to make much of an impression at the box office, the film has grossed only $42.1 million domestically. Internationally, it has been far more successful, with a worldwide total of $253.7 million.
Ghostbusters comes in seventh with $9.8 million. The remake is now up to $106.1 million domestically. Globally, it's only at $158.2 million, which is just slightly above its $144 million production budget. How this impacts the development of any sequels remains to be seen.
Debuting in eighth is Nerve, which brought in $9 million during its opening weekend. The thriller actually came out on Wednesday, July 27 to get a jump start on the competition, so its domestic total is currently $15 million.
Pixar's Finding Dory comes in ninth with $4.2 million. The blockbuster smash increased its domestic total to a whopping $469 million.
Capping off the top ten is The Legend of Tarzan. The action/adventure film made $2.4 million to raise its total to $121.8 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 25 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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