Friday Box Office – Solid Debuts From THE BOURNE LEGACY and THE CAMPAIGN Knock THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Down to Third

     August 11, 2012

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After three weeks on top, The Dark Knight Rises fell to third place on Friday behind a pair of new releases. First up was The Bourne Legacy, the fourth entry in the successful Universal franchise previously associated with Matt Damon. Now with Jeremy Renner in the lead, The Bourne Legacy earned an estimated $14 million from 3,745 locations on Friday. Weekend projections for the revamped Bourne are close to $45 million: well above initial expectations. Friday’s runner-up was The Campaign, the R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. It hasn’t been the best year for star-studded comedies (see The Watch) so expectations were scaled back to a modest $23 million opening. After earning an estimated $10.3 million on Friday, however, it looks like The Campaign will come closer to $28 million by Sunday. Finally, Hope Springs took a cue from last summer’s surprise hit The Help by opening on Wednesday. With a Friday estimate of $4.7 million from 2,361 locations, the Meryl Streep dramedy is on track for a five-day cume of $20 million.   We’ll have full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. The Bourne Legacy $14,000,000 $14
2. The Campaign $10,300,000 $10.3
3. The Dark Knight Rises $5,600,000 $376.2
4. Hope Springs $4,700,000 $9.2
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 $2,850,000 $25.2
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