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THE BOURNE LEGACY Box Office: Behind SUPREMACY, ULTIMATUM

The Bourne Legacy Jeremy RennerThe Bourne Legacy box office: Jeremy Renner Bourne spin-off no. 1

After three weekends at the top of the North American box office, The Dark Knight Rises has forcibly ceded its spot to Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Identity spin-off, The Bourne Legacy. Instead of Matt Damon, the latest Bourne thriller features two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town), in his first "major" (i.e., high profile) starring role. Will Renner, The Avengers' Hawkeye, become a bona fide box office draw as a result of The Bourne Legacy?

Well, by Sunday evening the fourth Bourne movie is expected to earn approximately $45 million at 3,745 venues according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. Friday grosses should be hovering around $15m. Now, as per Deadline, the Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner collaboration has received a "B-" CinemaScore; whether that'll translate into fewer tickets sold on Saturday and Sunday remains to be seen.

The Bourne Legacy vs. previous Bourne movies

If the aforementioned estimates are correct, that means The Bourne Legacy is going to have an undeniably strong opening, especially considering that it's a spin-off. Yet, on average (especially in terms of per-theater average), its predecessors were stronger performers.

For comparison's sake: On its first weekend out, The Bourne Identity grossed $27.11 million at 2,638 locations in June 2002 (approximately $37 million today); The Bourne Supremacy took in $52.52 million at 3,165 theaters in July 2004 (approx. $68 million today); and The Bourne Ultimatum collected $69.28 million at 3,660 venues in August 2007 (approx. $81 million today). Note that all three movies opened at fewer theaters than this latest entry; in fact, The Bourne Legacy opened at 1,000+ sites than The Bourne Identity and 500+ than The Bourne Supremacy.

Doug Liman directed the first Bourne movie; Paul Greengrass handled the other two. Matt Damon starred as Jason Bourne in all three. Tony Gilroy co-wrote all three.

The Bourne Legacy cast

Besides Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy features Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, five-time Academy Award nominee Albert Finney, Oscar Isaac, Donna Murphy, Michael Chernus, Corey Stoll, Zeljko Ivanek, Corey Johnson, Jennifer Kim, Shane Jacobson, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn, and three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen.

The Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner picture: Universal Pictures.

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