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.
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.
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.