Weekend Box Office: ‘Jason Bourne’ Again on Top as ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Drops

     July 31, 2016


With the return of writer-director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, Universal Pictures can now proudly state that the Bourne franchise – specifically the movies with Damon in the title role; sorry, Jeremy Renner – has earned north of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s thanks to Jason Bourne’s first place spot for its debut weekend, pulling in an estimated $60 million domestically, with $50.1 million more from international markets.

That’s a strong debut, the second-biggest in the Bourne franchise following behind The Bourne Ultimatum, which earned $69.2 million in its opening weekend nearly a decade ago. Jason Bourne’s total is also $22 million more than the last installment, The Bourne Legacy; sorry, again, Jeremy Renner. Since Jason Bourne still has a few more countries to open in throughout August, along with a rollout continuing through September and early October, estimates indicate this could be the biggest international performance for the franchise yet. Domestically, estimates place its earnings for the total run around $155 to $160 million.


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That’s all well and good for Universal’s sequel, but Paramount Pictures’ own franchise film Star Trek Beyond dropped almost 60% in its second week of box office earnings. At $24 million domestically, the Justin Lin-directed film does end up taking second place and going over $105 million at the homefront. This film, too, continues its international rollout through October, but its international performance is lagging behind. Compared to the J.J. Abrams-directed installments, Star Trek Beyond falls short of the $146+ million tallies they had by the end of their second weekend. It will be interesting to see how Paramount responds concerning the fourth Star Trek film they’ve already announced; perhaps a smaller budget is in the cards.

Take a look at the Top 10 at this weekend’s box office below (via Box Office Mojo):

Title Weekend Total
1. Jason Bourne $60.0 $60,000,000
2. Star Trek Beyond $24.0 $105,720,378
3. Bad Moms $23.4 $23,400,000
4. The Secret Life of Pets $18.2 $296,177,745
5. Lights Out $10.8 $42,877,032
6. Ice Age: Collision Course $10.5 $42,109,623
7. Ghostbusters $9.8 $106,171,471
8. Nerve $9.0 $15,051,287
9. Finding Dory $4.2 $469,012,930
10. The Legend of Tarzan $2.4 $121,856,210


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