Domestic Total as of Jul. 31, 2016: $60,000,000 (Estimate)
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Runtime: 2 hrs. 3 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Production Budget: $120 million
With the second largest opening for a film in the Bourne franchise, Jason Bourne topped the weekend box office as audiences came out in support of Matt Damon’s return to the title role nine years after The Bourne Ultimatum. The decision by actor Matt Damon to return to the big screen as a mysterious CIA agent trying to regain his memory has paid off big time with global sales in excess of $100 million United States Dollars. Universal’s Jason Bourne topped the North American box office with a strong $60 million from 4,026 theaters, one of the best showings of summer to date and one of the few franchise titles to come in ahead of its predecessor. In 2012, The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, debuted to a soft $38.1 million. However, Jason Bourne didn’t match the $69 million launch of Damon’s The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, but still ranks as the actor’s second best opening weekend.
With an estimated $60 million, Jason Bourne delivered the second largest domestic opening in the Bourne franchise behind only The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million back in 2007. Additionally, this debut is almost $22 million more than what The Bourne Legacy brought in back in 2012 when Universal attempted to keep the franchise alive with Jeremy Renner stepping in as the lead character.
The action film is also impressing overseas, where it topped the foreign chart with $50 million from 56 markets, the best opening of any Bourne title and putting the movie’s global total at $110.1 million. South Korea led with a stellar $11.2 million, followed by $10.2 million in the United Kingdom.
Jason Bourne, costing $120 million to produce, reunites Matt Damon with director Paul Greengrass, who helmed The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and Ultimatum. Males made up 55 percent of ticket buyers in North America, while 60 percent of the audience was over the age of 35. The latest installment, earning an A- CinemaScore, sees Damon’s former CIA operative come out of hiding just as a new government program has been created to hunt him down while he tries to recover all of his memories. Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles and Riz Ahmed also star.
Internationally, Jason Bourne brought in additional $50.1 million from 46 overseas markets giving the film a $110.1 million worldwide debut. The film opened #1 in 27 of those territories including a $5.7 million opening in Australia as well as Taiwan ($2.1m), Spain ($1.8m), Indonesia ($1.6m), Philippines ($1.5m) and Netherlands ($1.4m), Next weekend, the film begins playing in Argentina, Egypt, India and Slovenia with an opening in China set for August 23 followed by Mexico on Aug. 26 and Russia on Sept. 1. While the film’s performance is being touted as the largest international opening in the Bourne series, as noted on Thursday, previous Bourne films didn’t open nearly as wide overseas, taking as many as six weeks to reach 45+ territories, which makes for a hazy comparison to previous installments.