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‘Bourne’ Takes Out Friday Box Office

Universal’s The Bourne Ultimatum, the final film in the ‘Bourne’ trilogy, easily won the Friday box office as it took in an impressive (and franchise record) $24.5 million from 3,660 theaters on Friday.

The rumored $110 million action film will coast past 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy, which took in $52.52 million (from 3,304 theaters), and has a chance at passing the $70 million mark. In fact, based upon the performances of the prior two films, we’re looking at a weekend take of somewhere in the neighborhood of $69.8-76.7 million (likely in the lower end of that scale).

Regardless of where it lands (whether it be below that range or inside of it), the film has exceeded expectations as most outlets were expecting a take of $60-65 million, with the studio stating they were expecting a $55 million weekend.

To compare, The Bourne Identity opened on 6/14/2002 to the tune of $8.67 million en route to a $27.12 million second place weekend from 2,638 theaters ($121.66 million total). The Bourne Supremacy opened on 7/23/2004 with an improved $18.44 million Friday and ended up with a first place $52.52 million weekend from 3,165 theaters ($176.24 million total).

If it tracks like the prior films, expect this latest and likely last ‘Bourne’ to finish its run with about $185-225 million, perhaps even higher ($250 million) depending on how strong word-of-mouth is, and whether or not it turns out to be heavily front-loaded.

Three other new (wide) releases occupied the top 10 chart. They were led by Buena Vista’s Underdog which took in an estimated $4.1 million from 3,013 theaters for a third place finish. In eighth place was the Paramount comedy Hot Rod, which managed only $1.95 million from 2,607 theaters. And lastly in ninth place was Lionsgate’s Bratz, with an estimated $1.72 million from its 1,509 locations.

In limited release (and out of the top 10) was the husband/wife duo of Marc Antony and Jennifer Lopez in El Cantante from Picturehouse. The film finished in 12th place with an estimated $1 million from its 542 theaters, good enough for a third place per-theater-average of $1,845.

Moving to the holdovers, in second place was The Simpsons Movie, which took in an estimated $8.1 million from 3,926 theaters as it pushed its domestic total to $111.05 million through only 8 days of release. In fourth place was the Universal comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with an estimated $3.29 million from 3,289 theaters ($84.46 million through 15 days of release). That left Hairspray rounding out the top 10 with an estimated $3 million in fifth place from 3,115 theaters, pushing its domestic total through 15 days of release to $72.63 million.

Filling out the rest of the top 10 was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in sixth place with an estimated $2.67 million from 3,125 theaters ($254.18 million through 24 days of release) and No Reservations in seventh place with an estimated $2.12 million from 2,425 theaters ($19.71 million through eight days of release).

And lastly, in 10th place was the soon to pass $300 million blockbuster Transformers with an estimated $1.66 million from 2,419 theaters, pushing its domestic total to $292.01 million. The film will pass up Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s Ends’ $307.13 million (a film that cost more than double) to take third place on the yearly chart, but has some work to do to catch up to the year’s #2 film, Shrek the Third ($320.25 million) and the current #1 film of the year, Spider-Man 3 ($336.03 million).

That’s all for Friday. Be sure to check back on Sunday to view the complete top 10 grossing films for the weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo