‘Bourne’ bests Batman to top N. America box office
LOS ANGELES, Aug 14 — “The Bourne Legacy”, the latest installment in the popular action series, dethroned the new Batman film to take the top spot in the North American box office, industry figures showed yesterday.
The fourth "Bourne" thriller — starring Jeremy Renner as a secret agent threatened by his employers, and not Matt Damon as Jason Bourne — raked in US$38.1 million (RM119 million) in its opening weekend, movie tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Another new release, the political spoof “The Campaign” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, brought in US$26.6 million — good enough for second place in the weekend rankings.
“The Dark Knight Rises”, the final instalment of the Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, fell to third place with US$19 million, after topping the chart each week since it opened last month.
The film, starring Christian Bale, has already pulled in nearly US$389.6 million in domestic box office sales, despite the mass shooting at an opening night screening in Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
A new romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, “Hope Springs”, about a married couple trying to get back their spark, came in fourth place with US$14.7 million.
In fifth place, science-fiction action remake “Total Recall”, with US$8.01 million in ticket sales, narrowly beat out teen comedy “Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” at US$8 million.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift”, the fourth instalment of a popular animated series, took in US$6.4 million for seventh place — about double the earnings of raunchy comedy “Ted” starring Mark Wahlberg, in eighth place at US$3.2 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were dance flick “Step Up: Revolution” at US$2.9 million, and “The Watch” starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as part of a neighbourhood watch team fighting off an alien invasion, at US$2.2 million. — AFP/Relaxnews