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):
1. Jason Bourne $60.0M
2. Star Trek Beyond $24.0M
3. Bad Moms $23.4M
4. The Secret Life of Pets $18.2M
5. Lights Out $10.8M
6. Ice Age: Collision Course $10.5M
7. Ghostbusters $9.8M
8. Nerve $9.0M
9. Finding Dory $4.2M
10. The Legend of Tarzan $2.4M