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'Bourne' Again

Matt Damon will have box office ''Supremacy.'' Not even Halle in a leather catsuit will stop ''Bourne''

Matt Damon, The Bourne Supremacy | VICTORY LAP ''Supremacy'' (starring Damon) has strong buzz
VICTORY LAP ''Supremacy'' (starring Damon) has strong buzz

Get ready for Matt Damon, box office king. Two years after ''The Bourne Identity'' became a hit in theaters and a certified smash on DVD, Damon returns with ''The Bourne Supremacy,'' which is riding strong buzz going into its debut weekend.

''The Bourne Identity'' opened in 2002 with $27.1 million on its way to $121.7 million in domestic box office. But thanks to ''Identity'''s explosion on video (it was the No. 1 rental of 2003), expect the sequel to premiere substantially higher, in the $40 million range.

That will dethrone Will Smith's ''I, Robot,'' which will likely see a 50 percent drop from its $52.2 million debut to about $26 million. In that case, it could still place higher than the week's other new wide release, Halle Berry's ''Catwoman,'' which doesn't seem to have the audience excitement level of ''Bourne.'' Still, Berry in that catsuit should attract about $20 million worth of interest.

Berry's fellow superhero ''Spider-Man 2'' will slip to fourth place with $14 million, while Will Ferrell's ''Anchorman'' and Hilary Duff's ''A Cinderella Story'' will battle for No. 5, each with $7.5 million. But both of those films will be scared out of the top five next week by M. Night Shyamalan's ''The Village.''

Originally posted Jul 22, 2004
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