Jason Bourne is the top box office earner for the weekend, with the Matt Damon-led sequel amassing an estimated $60 million in domestic ticket sales.
That, plus Universal’s reported $50.1 million in foreign sales, puts the cumulative box office of the Damon-led Bourne movies Jason Bourne makes it four over $1 billion.
The series already hit the $1 billion mark after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, a sort-of-spin-off starring Jeremy Renner as another agent from the same program that spawned Bourne. The 2016 revival brings back Damon, whose presence surely helped bolster the movie’s box office take against middling critical reception.
Vying for the second and third positions in the weekend box office race, we have a study in contrasts. On one side is Star Trek Beyond, currently at #2 with an estimated $24 million, and on the other is Bad Moms, a close #3 with $23.4 million.
While Trek‘s second weekend is enough to bring it past $100 million in domestic ticket sales, it’s still a 59-percent drop from the movie’s $59.3 million opening. Don’t shed a tear for Paramount the studio will be fine and Trek will live on but Beyond doesn’t appear to have the legs of a blockbuster hit.
Bad Moms could well ascend to the #2 spot in the weekend box office race, but the R-rated comedy is already in a good place. Its estimated $23.4 million opening already exceeds the $20 million it cost to make the movie.
Bad Moms is a strong example of counter-programming, with the female-centric comedy offering audiences an alternative to the testosterone-driven action of Bourne and spectacle-heavy sci-fi fantasy of Trek.
It doesn’t hurt that Bad Moms brings the talent. An ensemble that includes Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn is propelled by a script and direction from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the comedy-writing duo behind The Hangover.
Audiences approve. While the “63% fresh” Rotten Tomatoes grade for Bad Moms could be better, STX Entertainment points out that the movie’s “A” from CinemaScore is the first for an R-rated comedy since The Hangover.