With the return of writer-director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, Universal Pictures can now proudly state that the Bourne franchise – specifically the movies with Damon in the title role; sorry, Jeremy Renner – has earned north of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s thanks to Jason Bourne’s first place spot for its debut weekend, pulling in an estimated $60 million domestically, with $50.1 million more from international markets.
That’s a strong debut, the second-biggest in the Bourne franchise following behind The Bourne Ultimatum, which earned $69.2 million in its opening weekend nearly a decade ago. Jason Bourne’s total is also $22 million more than the last installment, The Bourne Legacy; sorry, again, Jeremy Renner. Since Jason Bourne still has a few more countries to open in throughout August, along with a rollout continuing through September and early October, estimates indicate this could be the biggest international performance for the franchise yet. Domestically, estimates place its earnings for the total run around $155 to $160 million.
That’s all well and good for Universal’s sequel, but Paramount Pictures’ own franchise film Star Trek Beyond dropped almost 60% in its second week of box office earnings. At $24 million domestically, the Justin Lin-directed film does end up taking second place and going over $105 million at the homefront. This film, too, continues its international rollout through October, but its international performance is lagging behind. Compared to the J.J. Abrams-directed installments, Star Trek Beyond falls short of the $146+ million tallies they had by the end of their second weekend. It will be interesting to see how Paramount responds concerning the fourth Star Trek film they’ve already announced; perhaps a smaller budget is in the cards.
Take a look at the Top 10 at this weekend’s box office below (via Box Office Mojo):
|2.||Star Trek Beyond||$24.0||$105,720,378|
|4.||The Secret Life of Pets||$18.2||$296,177,745|
|6.||Ice Age: Collision Course||$10.5||$42,109,623|
|10.||The Legend of Tarzan||$2.4||$121,856,210|