Weekend Box Office Report: 'The Bourne Legacy' Is #1

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The Dark Knight Rises falls to the third spot after three weeks at the top.

Weekend Box Office Round-up

Taking the top box office spot this week is Universal’s The Bourne Legacy, which is no big surprise. The studio expects it to make $42.2 million this weekend, which it’s perfectly on track to make. The film, staring Jeremy Renner, who picks up where former lead Matt Damon left off, is showing in 3,746 theaters. It brought in $14 million on Friday and pocketed another $15 million on Saturday. Studio executives should be pleased with that performance giving that they changed the lead characters and the stiff competition from Jay Roach’s political comedy The Campaign.

The Bourne Legacy is down from past Bourne films though. The Bourne Identity in 2002 made $27 million on its opening weekend and the Sequel Bourne Supremacy,The Bourne Legacy Trailer released two years later, banked $52. 5 million. Also, The Bourne Legacy, was originally scheduled to be release the first week of August but was pushed back to dodge The Dark Knight Rises. It turned out to be a good move by the studio.

The Bourne Legacy also opened in 13 small corners of the world grossing $7.8 million, bringing its worldwide total to $48.1 million.

Falling in second place, The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis grossed an estimated $10.2 million in 3,200 theaters on Friday. Ferrell movies usually perform better than that this time of year, and despite being an election year, political movies are usually a tough sell. The rated-R comedy seems to be on track to finish around the $20 million mark by Monday.

Below is a chart of the top 12 films in the box office this weekend.

Weekend Box Office
August 10, 2012 – August 12, 2012 

Title Studio Weekend Theaters Total Week
The Bourne Legacy Universal Pictures
$40,266,000
3,746
$40,266,000
1
The Campaign Warner Bros. Pictures
$27,440,000
3,205
$27,440,000
1
The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros. Pictures
$19,540,000
3,609
$390,150,000
4
Hope Springs Columbia Pictures (Sony)
$15,600,000
2,361
$20,053,000
1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 20th Century Fox
$8,200,000
3,401
$30,554,000
2
Total Recall Columbia Pictures (Sony)
$8,100,000
3,601
$44,188,400
2
Ice Age: Continental Drift 20th Century Fox
$6,750,000
3,103
$144,064,000
5
Ted Universal Pictures
$3,290,000
2,702
$209,914,900
7
Step Up Revolution Summit Entertainment
$2,850,000
1,898
$30,164,800
3
The Watch 20th Century Fox
$2,200,000
2,463
$31,374,600
3
Brave Disney•Pixar
$1,877,000
1,259
$227,319,900
8
Nitro Circus the Movie 3D Arc Entertainment
$1,168,000
800
$2,150,500
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