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Universal’s The Bourne Legacy is safely in the No. 1 position at the domestic box office, opening to $14 million on Friday for a weekend debut in the $41 million range.
Bourne Legacy is a key test for the studio as it tries to reboot one of its marquee franchises without Matt Damon. This go around, Jeremy Renner is the leading man.
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Directed by Tony Gilroy — he wrote the first three Bourne films — Bourne Legacy received a B CinemaScore.
Earlier on Friday, Universal was projecting a weekend opening in the $45 million range. But sluggish latenight traffic, a common occurence since the July 20 Aurora theater showing, dimmed those changes.
Warner Bros.’ topical R-rated comedy The Campaign opened No. 2 on Friday, grossing a better-than-expected $10.3 million. Starring Will Farrell and Zack Galifianakis as rival congressional candidates, the raunchy pic should gross between $28 million and $30 million for the weekend.
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Campaign, directed by Jay Roach, received a B- CinemaScore.
The Dark Knight Rises fell to No. 3 on Friday with $5.6 million after dominating the box office for three consecutive weekends.
Sony’s new adult dramedy Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, came in No. 4, grossing $4.7 million. The David Frankel-directed film opened Wednesday and is anticipating a five-day debut in the $18 million to $20 million range.
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