Jason Bourne shoots his way to the top at weekend box office

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This year has been particularly replete with remakes, with the top two flicks this weekend being — you guessed it — sequels.

The first is Jason Bourne, which out-performed early projections and debuted at number one with $60 million. Once again starring Matt Damon, the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise lands a bit shy of Ultimatum‘s $69.2 million opening weekend back in 2007 (when adjusted for inflation, would be about $80 million today), but still managed to make over $20 million more than 2012’s Legacy. Add in its near-perfect 4.9-star rating at Tribute.ca, and it’s not a bad weekend for the long-awaited spy sequel.

After its $59 million first-place finish last week, Star Trek Beyond dropped to second with $24 million. As of this weekend, the 4.1-star-rated sci-fi sequel has pulled in $105 million in North America, with a worldwide total of just over $160 million. For a standalone film, these numbers are pretty good, even great. But, as part of a major multi-million dollar franchise, Beyond is just not reaching the stars (or breaking records) anytime soon.

Funny ladies Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn team up in yet another of the summer’s (gasp!) all-female comedies, Bad Moms, which made a solid $23.4 million debut over the long weekend. It’s a successful pull for the R-rated comedy about a group of fed-up former-PTA mommies, rated 4 stars at Tribute.ca, because it only cost $20 million to make. Third place never looked so good.

The Secret Life of Pets proves that (most) animated movies about talking animals just don’t go out of styleThe 3.9-star-rated family-friendly flick, featuring the vocal talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper and more, added another $18.2 million to its pretty impressive $395 million global haul.

Sitting at 3.1 stars at Tribute.ca, the independent horror flick Lights Out rounds out the top five with $10.8 million. This short film-turned-major feature has one big reason to keep the lights on — after just two weekends in theaters and $60 million in worldwide earnings, it has now recouped its tiny $4.9 million budget by more than 12 times over.

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  1. Mindy • July 31, 2016 @ 8:39 PM

    I heard this latest Jason Bourne isn’t that good.

  2. JessieJD • August 2, 2016 @ 9:11 AM

    I’m surprised Lights Out made the top-five list again. Who saw that coming?!

  3. CDubya • August 2, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

    Figured Bourne would do well. re: Lights Out, it shows that a small budget film can do well with word of mouth instead of 100 million or more in advertising added to a $200 million budget. Making great films, makes people want to see them.

  4. Action Adam • August 2, 2016 @ 11:42 AM

    Matt Damon has 25 lines in the movie. That means he was paid like a million dollars a line.

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