Universal’s The Bourne Legacy has been given a new release date after the studio anticipated Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises will clean up at the box office.
According to EW, the fourth installment of The Bourne Film franchise will be pushed back a week from August 3rd to August 10th to give the Jeremy Renner-starred film some breathing room from the July 20th debut of Dark Knight Rises.
After The Avengers busted up the box office with it’s weekend debut, leaving several casualties in the wake of its record $200.3 million domestic haul, Universal is taking no chances having the first Bourne movie without Matt Damon in the Caped Crusader’s blast zone.
Here is Universal’s official statement on The Bourne Legacy release date push back:
Just as The Avengers demonstrated marketplace sustainability that well outpaced traditional patterns earlier this summer, the industry expects a similar trajectory for The Dark Knight Rises. Moving one week further from its release will give The Bourne Legacy an even greater opportunity to maximize its opening box-office potential. Moving to Aug. 10 will also allow us to extend valuable promotion for the film across all NBC/Universal platforms during the Olympics, which will dominate television and digital audiences beginning July 27. We are excited about this new chapter in our Bourne franchise and confident that Aug. 10 is the right date for our film and for our industry as a whole.
The Bourne Legacy is directed by Tony Gilroy, who also penned the script with brother, Dan Gilroy. The film stars Jeremy Renner alongside Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz.
What do you think about The Bourne Legacy being pushed back to August 10th?