Though The Bourne Legacy couldn’t top the last two Bourne sequels, it did manage to win the weekend, and is the first new film to hit number one since The Dark Knight Rises opened. More than anything, it did the right thing by moving back a week, and if its big competition was Total Recall, it smoked that film.
|1|| The Bourne Legacy
|3||The Dark Knight Rises||$19,540,000 (-45.3%)||$5,295||$390,149,000|
|5||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||$8,200,000 (-43.9%)||$2,413||$30,554,000|
|6||Total Recall||$8,100,000 (-68.3%)||$2,249||$44,188,000|
|7||Ice Age: Continental Drift||$6,750,000 (-21.6%)||$2,176||$144,064,000|
|9||Step Up Revolution||$2,850,000 (-51.9%)||$1,502||$30,165,000|
|10||The Watch||$2,200,000 (-66.3%)||$894||$31,374,000|
Legacy opened to $40 Million, which means it opened bigger than the first film, but not as well as the other sequels. Universal’s going to be looking at $100 Million domestic, maybe more, maybe less, which means that it – like Amazing Spider-Man – could be considered a successful reboot, though (at the end of the day) not all that profitable. At least that could be the case if it has legs here, and if it opens internationally. It looks like Universal’s waiting for the Olympics to end to launch it out of the country.
The Campaign opened lower than all of the films Will Ferrell has done with Adam McKay, or any of Zach Galifianakis star vehicles, but on some level it seems riskier than most of those films (by invoking politics), so it feels like a bit of a win. If audiences like it at all, we could see the picture make it to $100 domestic, but with the cast involved, this looks like a film that breaks even, or quietly loses money. Unrated DVD, here we go.
TDKR is still playing, though it looks like its last major milestone domestically will be $400 Million, and it may not crack a billion worldwide. That’s enough to make it the number two picture of the year, but it has been trumped by The Avengers, which would have been hard to predict at the outset of the summer.
Hope Springs could be a sneaky solid performer, and the film may play for a while. Meryl Streep has an audience, and if the film has good word of mouth, it could get to $100 Million domestic.
As for everything else, Total Recall dropped 68%, which makes it a huge disaster, even if it only cost $125 Million (we’ve heard rumors it was much, much more).
Reality Check: Both Bourne and The Campaign outperformed my guesses, which may mean that Olympic fever has subsided.
What did you watch this weekend?