BOX OFFICE: THE BOURNE LEGACY Finishes Weekend With A Disappointing $38.1 Million
Well, this just goes to show how unpredictable the North American box office can be! Yesterday morning, it seemed almost guaranteed that The Bourne Legacy would earn over $40 million this weekend. Unfortunately not. Why? Hit the jump for further details.
Sunday estimates (which are rarely off even by a few hundred thousand dollars) had The Bourne Legacy down as earning 40.3 million during its opening weekend in North America. However, the final day of the London Olympics - and subsequent closing ceremony - seemingly took a massive chunk out of that haul as final box office figures reveal that it made only £38.1 million. That's a $2.2 million difference. It wasn't the only film to feel such an effect, although the impact on The Bourne Legacy was more significant than the others. With a budget of around $125 million, Universal are hoping that the film will be the beginning of a new franchise for them (with no superhero tentpoles, the studio are desperate to create their own). This is by no means a bad start, but the reboot starring Jeremy Renner will need to perform well overseas to guarantee a follow-up.
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross
Rachel Weisz as Stephanie Snyder
Edward Norton as Byer
Joan Allen as Pam Landy
David Strathairn as Noah Vosen
Albert Finney as Dr. Albert Hirsch
Scott Glenn as Ezra Kramer
RELEASE DATE: August
3rd 10th, 2012
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