Box Office Report: 'Bourne Legacy' Eyeing Strong $45 Mil-Plus Debut
UPDATED: Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis' new comedy "The Campaign" also is overperforming, should gross between $25 million and $30 million for the weekend.
Universal's The Bourne Legacy is off to a strong start at the domestic box office, where it is on track to gross $16 million to $18 million on Friday for a weekend debut in the $45 million range.
Bourne Legacy is a key test for Universal, which is looking to reinvigorate its marquee franchise with a new leading man, Jeremy Renner.
The strength of both Bourne Legacy and Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy The Campaign is welcome news for Hollywood and theater owners after a tough few weeks in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting. The 2012 Olympics
Jay Roach's The Campaign -- headlining Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis as political rivals for Congress -- is expected to gross $10 million to $11 million on Friday for a debut in the $25 million to $30 million range.
Both new movies are doing better than expected so far. Ditto for David Frankel's adult dramedy Hope Springs, which opened Wednesday.
Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, has grossed $6.8 million and could hit $15 million to $18 million over the course of its five-day debut.