It’s been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon in the Bourne franchise, and it seems audiences are happy to see him back.
The latest movie in the series of films based on the Robert Ludlum books, “Jason Bourne,” took in an estimated $60 million over the weekend to top this weekend’s box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though a respectable figure for an action film catered to the over-30 crowd, the fifth film in the franchise isn’t going to have the biggest opening ever.
That distinction still goes to 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum,” with a $69.2 million debut weekend. That movie went on to gross $442.8 million worldwide, a figure Universal would be ecstatic for “Jason Bourne” to hit, as the movie has had mixed reviews with a 56% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
The other major release of the weekend, the comedy “Bad Moms,” took in an estimated $23.4 million to put the film in third place for the weekend. (“Star Trek Beyond” came in with $24 million to take second.) It’s a big win for two-year-old studio STX Entertainment which is still trying to find its footing after recent disappointing showings by films like “Hardcore Henry” and “Free State of Jones.”
Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, and Kathryn Hahn, this raunchy look at moms who need a much-needed break from parenting and go on a “Hangover”-like party binge was a big draw for the over 17-year-old female demo (82% of the opening weekend audience was female), who likely didn’t want to see Damon playing a bad-ass rogue agent.
Next week, expect a possible record-breaking weekend when the anticipated DC Comics blockbuster “Suicide Squad” opens.