Universal’s $125 million Matt Damon-less thriller The Bourne Legacy easilytopped the box office on Friday with $14 million. The Jeremy Renner action entry may take in about $40 million over the weekend period, and while that total would fall short of its 2007 predecessor, The Bourne Ultimatum, which started with $69.3 million, it’s a solid start for the rebooted franchise.
In second was Warner Bros.’ The Campaign, which grossed $10.3 million on its opening day. The political comedy, which stars Will Ferrell and Zack Galifinakis, may ride the campaign trail all the way to $29 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period – in line with Galifinakis’ last non-Hangover comedy, Due Date, which started with $32.7 million in 2010.
With those two openers off to strong results, The Dark Knight Rises got bumped into third place with $5.6 million on its fourth Friday. Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie may finish the weekend with about $19 million.
Next up was Hope Springs, the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones dramedy, which grossed $4.7 million – more than the $4.4 million the film earned on Wednesday and Thursday combined. Hope may spring to about $14 million over the full frame, which would lift its five-day total to $18.5 million.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, which fell 40 percent from its first Friday to $2.9 million. the kiddie flick could reach $10 million in its second frame – a strong hold after its lackluster debut. (Sony did not report numbers for last weekend’s top opener, Total Recall, which was expected to plummet following terrible reviews this weekend.)
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