Despite mixed reviews and the absence of Matt Damon, The Bourne Legacy earned a solid $40.3 million this weekend, all but guaranteeing that the Bourne movie series will continue.
The Campaign, an R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, came in second with an estimated $27.4 million. The Dark Knight Rises, which had topped the box office since it opened four weeks ago, fell to No. 3 with an estimated $19.5 million.
Hope Springs, which opened Wednesday, earned $15.6 million over the weekend, bringing it’s five-day total to $20 million.
The Bourne Legacy, the fourth Bourne film, essentially relaunches the series, expanding its storyline and introducing a new character to star. Damon, who starred in the previous films, chose not to continue the series, as did Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two movies in the franchise.
This was Jeremy Renner’s first time headed a big-budget action movie. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the previous Bourne movies, both co-wrote and directed The Bourne Legacy, which also starred Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.
Source: Box Office Mojo