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'The Bourne Legacy': Jeremy Renner Trailing Matt Damon Bourne Movies

Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy'The Bourne Legacy' with Jeremy Renner.

'The Bourne Legacy' box office: Jeremy Renner thriller tops chart, but below expectations

Aug. 13, '12, update: Directed by regular Bourne franchise screenwriter Tony Gilroy and starring Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy ended up performing more modestly than Universal expected. According to weekend (Aug. 10-12) box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo, The Bourne Legacy took in $38.14 million at 3,745 U.S. and Canada sites; that's about $7 million less than early Friday estimates indicated (see further below) and about $2 million less than official studio estimates released on Sunday. (Image: Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy; Renner as Aaron Cross.)

Why the lower-than-expected performance? Well, the London Olympic Games, reportedly the most widely watched in U.S. history, have been blamed for the domestic box office downturn on Sunday. Whether or not that's indeed the case is debatable. After all, the top twelve movies on the domestic box office chart had Saturday-to-Sunday drop-off rates ranging from 26-37 percent. That's hardly unheard of.

Though nothing to sniff at, The Bourne Legacy's opening-weekend box-office take is only slightly higher than the inflation-adjusted gross ($37m) of Doug Liman / Matt Damon's The Bourne Identity ten years ago. Bear in mind than The Bourne Identity was screened at 1,000+ fewer locations than The Bourne Legacy.

The Bourne Legacy Rotten Tomatoes score

The Bourne Legacy has a mediocre 57 percent approval rating and 6.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. That's by far the worst score for a Bourne movie. For comparison's sake: The Bourne Identity had an 81 percent approval rating and 6.9/10 average; Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy (2004) had a 74 percent approval rating and 7/10 average; and Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) a 98 percent approval rating and 8.1/10 average. For all it's worth, audiences gave The Bourne Legacy a “B” CinemaScore.

Co-written by Tony Gilroy and his brother, Dan Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy was inspired by Robert Ludlum's Bourne series. As mentioned in my previous piece, in a rare instance of a public figure actually speaking their minds about behind-closed-doors issues, earlier this year Matt Damon publicly derided Tony Gilroy for his The Bourne Ultimatum screenplay. Damon later retracted his statements.

The best-reviewed movie in the Bourne series, The Bourne Ultimatum was rewritten by George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns, with the assistance of director Paul Greengrass.

The Bourne Legacy cast

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

Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy / Renner as Aaron Cross image: Universal Pictures.

Jeremy Renner Bourne Legacy jacketJeremy Renner Bourne Legacy vs. Matt Damon Jason Bourne movies

The Bourne Legacy is enjoying a solid initial run – even if below expectations – on North American screens. That's remarkable, considering that Tony Gilroy's movie features not only a new lead actor, but also a new lead character: Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross, replacing Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. (Image: Jeremy Renner Bourne Legacy; Aaron Cross and his trademark jacket.)

Having said that, The Bourne Legacy is lagging behind the two previous Bourne movies when it comes to first-weekend box office grosses – even without taking inflation into account. It's also badly trailing its three predecessors in per-theater averages, especially once inflation is factored in.

Bourne to Bourne box office comparisons

Below are box office figures and per-theater averages for the first three Bourne movies on their debut weekend. Keep in mind that all three entries opened at fewer locations than The Bourne Legacy, which grossed $38.14 million at 3,745 locations, averaging $10,185 per site.

  • Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity scored $27.11 million at 2,638 locations ($10,280 average) in June 2002 (approximately $37 million / $14,200 average today – or about 40 percent above The Bourne Legacy's average).
  • Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy brought in $52.52 million at 3,165 sites ($16,594 average) in July 2004 (approx. $68 million / $21,400 average today).
  • Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum took in $69.28 million at 3,660 venues ($18,929 average) in August 2007 (approx. $81 million / $22,100 average today).

Additionally, The Bourne Legacy brought in $7.8 million from a handful of international territories, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Poland, Taiwan, and India. The Bourne Legacy will be opening in most major markets later in August and September.

Bourne movies: Production budgets

The Bourne Legacy was budgeted at a reported $125 million, which makes it the most expensive Bourne movie to date – even factoring in inflation. For comparison's sake: The Bourne Identity had its production budget pegged at $60 million (approx. $76 million today), The Bourne Supremacy at $75 million (approx. $91 million today), and The Bourne Ultimatum at $110 million (approx. $122 million today).

Whether or not The Bourne Legacy will at least match its production budget at the domestic box office remains to be seen. (It's impossible for the Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner collaboration to recover it; approx. $250 million would be needed.) Next weekend, The Bourne Legacy will be facing strong competition from The Expendables 2 for the same target demographic group. The movie's future depends on how it holds up.

The Bourne Legacy cast

Besides Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy features Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Albert Finney, Oscar Isaac, Donna Murphy, David Strathairn, and Joan Allen.

Jeremy Renner Bourne Legacy jacket picture: Universal Pictures.

Aug. 12

The Bourne Identity Jeremy Renner Rachel WeiszThe Bourne Legacy box office: No. 1, but trailing previous Bourne movies

The Bourne Legacy collected an estimated $40.26 million at 3,745 North American theaters this weekend according to studio figures found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by regular Bourne series screenwriter Tony Gilroy and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner in his first high-profile starring role, The Bourne Legacy didn't disappoint, but it was no runaway hit, either. (Image: The Bourne Legacy, Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing.)

As per early estimates posted on Friday, The Bourne Legacy was expected to gross $45 million over the weekend. Due to the thriller's slightly lower-than-anticipated Friday take (circa $14 million), on Saturday morning weekend estimates were slashed to close to $41 million. If studio figures hold (box-office actuals come out Monday), those estimates should have been slashed to close to $40 million.

The Bourne Legacy vs. Jason Bourne movies

The Bourne Legacy is enjoying a solid North American debut. That's undeniable, especially taking into account that Gilroy's film features not only a new lead actor, but also a new lead character: Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross has replaced Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. On the other hand, The Bourne Legacy is lagging behind the previous two Bourne movies in box office grosses – even without accounting for inflation – and it's trailing its three predecessors in per-theater averages by a wide margin once inflation is factored in.

Below are box office figures and per-theater averages for the first three Bourne movies on their debut weekend. Bear in mind that all three movies opened at fewer locations than The Bourne Legacy, which averaged an estimated $10,752 per theater at its 3,745 sites.

  • Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity took in $27.11 million at 2,638 theaters ($10,280 average) in June 2002 (approximately $37 million / $14,200 average today – or about 40 percent above The Bourne Legacy's average).
  • Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy scored $52.52 million at 3,165 venues ($16,594 average) in July 2004 (approx. $68 million / $21,400 average today).
  • Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum earned $69.28 million at 3,660 locations ($18,929 average) in August 2007 (approx. $81 million / $22,100 average today).

Additionally, The Bourne Legacy brought in a middling $7.8 million from a handful of international territories, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Poland, Taiwan, and India. The Bourne Legacy will be opening in most major markets later in August and September.

The Bourne Legacy Rotten Tomatoes score

The Bourne Legacy has a mediocre 57 percent approval rating and 6.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. That's by far the worst among the Bourne movies. For comparison's sake: The Bourne Identity boasted an 81 percent approval rating and 6.9/10 average; The Bourne Supremacy 74 percent approval rating and 7/10 average; and The Bourne Ultimatum 98 percent approval rating and 8.1/10 average.

For all it's worth, audiences gave the movie a “B” CinemaScore. Whether those scores truly reflect upcoming word of mouth is debatable.

Co-written by Tony Gilroy and his brother, Dan Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy was inspired by Robert Ludlum's Bourne series. In a rare instance of a public figure actually speaking their minds about behind-the-scenes affairs, earlier this year Matt Damon publicly accused Tony Gilroy of writing subpar material for The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon later retracted his statements. The best-reviewed movie in the Bourne series, The Bourne Ultimatum was rewritten by George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns, with the assistance of director Paul Greengrass.

Bourne movies' production budgets

The Bourne Legacy was budgeted at a reported $125 million, which makes it the most expensive Bourne movie to date – even factoring in inflation. For comparison's sake: The Bourne Identity had its production budget pegged at $60 million (approx. $76 million today), The Bourne Supremacy at $75 million (approx. $91 million today), and The Bourne Ultimatum at $110 million (approx. $122 million today).

The Bourne Legacy cast

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

The Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing picture: Universal Pictures.

Aug. 11 p.m.

Jeremy Renner Bourne LegacyJeremy Renner Bourne Legacy weekend box office: No. 1 in North America

Directed by Bourne series screenwriter Tony Gilroy and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy collected $14 million at 3,745 North American locations on Friday, Aug. 10, according to studio estimates. (Image: Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy.)

As per early estimates posted last night, The Bourne Legacy was expected to gross $45 million over the weekend after taking in $15 million on Friday. As a result of the thriller's slightly lower-than-anticipated Friday take, weekend estimates have been slashed to close to $41 million.

The Bourne Legacy vs. Matt Damon Bourne movies

If the aforementioned estimates are on target, that means The Bourne Legacy will boast a solid opening, especially considering that it's a spin-off featuring not only a new lead actor, but also a new lead character (Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross). Having said that, Tony Gilroy's directorial Bourne debut is trailing the previous two Bourne movies in revenues and all three of its predecessors in per-theater averages if inflation is taken into account.

Below are first-weekend box office figures and per-theater averages for the first three Bourne movies, all of them starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Note that all three movies opened at fewer theaters than The Bourne Legacy, which is expected to average around $11,000 per theater ($41 million total figure):

  • Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity earned $27.11 million at 2,638 locations ($10,280 average) in June 2002 (approximately $37 million / $14,200 average today).
  • Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy brought in $52.52 million at 3,165 theaters ($16,594 average) in July 2004 (approx. $68 million / $21,400 average today).
  • Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum raked in $69.28 million at 3,660 venues ($18,929 average) in August 2007 (approx. $81 million / $22,100 average today).

Note: Official weekend box office estimates for The Bourne Legacy will be released on Sunday morning. Weekend box office actuals come out on Monday.

Bourne movies' production budgets

The Bourne Legacy cost a reported $125 million, which makes it costlier than its three predecessors – even accounting for inflation. For comparison's sake: The Bourne Identity was budgeted at $60 million (approx. $76 million today), The Bourne Supremacy at $75 million (approx. $91 million today), and The Bourne Ultimatum at $110 million (approx. $122 million today).

The Bourne Legacy cast

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

Jeremy Renner Bourne Legacy picture: Universal Pictures.

Aug. 11 early a.m.

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 $15 million. 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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7 Comments to 'The Bourne Legacy': Jeremy Renner Trailing Matt Damon Bourne Movies

  1. Netsai Gilbert

    Just watched The Borne Legacy. I think Jeremy is as great as Matt but I don't think the producers did a good job with the whole story. The ending is a disaster. The other Borne franchises were well written.

  2. Fife Car

    People who have watched Bourne series and expect the same kind of fast paced action and drama. This film will disappoint if you go with that thought. But if you watch the movie just to spend a good time and don't expect much then its a good movie to watch once. The movie doesn't have the fast pace and at the beginning it goes so slow that you wonder if this movie title had 'Bourne' in it. There are some dialogues in the movie which take the story nowhere, you wish they got to the point directly. The director of the movie is changed so should the title so that people don't expect much from this movie. Jeremy Renner does a good act and recently has come up as the new action hero.

  3. Tyler

    I don't know it sounds like the movie actually did pretty good. 60% is good! 40 million over its opening domestic weekend is fantastic! I think the problem is that you're comparing it to the other Bourne movies and that's a big faux pas no-no. Matt Damon wasn't isn't this and instead Jeremy Renner was who is only mildly known to some people, but not all. It did pretty good having a semi-known leading man in a film. And not everybody watches the Olympics. I could care less about that and was barely even aware that it was on.

  4. zac

    @jessie j

    This article was chiefly about the domestic box office. And notice that I specified “domestic box office” instead of just “box office.”

    Anyone who has read Alt Film Guide articles knows that we're hardly US-centric.

    I'll be updating “The Bourne Legacy's” international box office figures in the near future. Note: Unlike most action flicks, the “Bourne” movies have performed better in North America than elsewhere.

  5. Ilkka

    I'm very unpleased with plans about openings. Seriously, the movie is ready and on in US and asia and POLAND! What the hell? Here in finland we need to wait 'til 19th. Of motherfucking SEPTEMBER! About 50 days! Why!? Youre not getting my money at box office. I would have loved to see how Bourne's legacy affects Mr. Cross's life, but this kind of behavior from distributor is insulting.

  6. jessie j

    “Whether or not The Bourne Legacy will at least match its production budget at the domestic box office remains to be seen. (It's impossible for the Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner collaboration to recover it; approx. $250m would be needed.)”

    Impossible?! How negative. You may find yourself speaking too soon, but why are you talking only in terms of “domestic” box office returns? You mean the international box office returns don't matter at all? Even if it earns more than US$250 Million outside the USA — that would be double their production budget. That won't count?? So only US box office returns matter… wait, only US box office returns matter… right? like is that in your universe only or including ours?

  7. Baptiste

    Renner is perfect for this,hope it does well and acts as a bridge for perhaps the next Damon role as Bourne. Matt has a James Bond thing going on here if he opens his eyes. It served Connery extremely well. He hasen't had a big hit since leaving Bourne.