'Bourne' opens big with $26.9 million first day


Jason Bourne displayed plenty of boxoffice momentum Friday. As played by Matt Damon, the hero of Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Ultimatum" saw his third big-screen outing dash out of the gate in 3,660 theaters to grab an estimated $26.9 million. The Paul Greengrass-directed spy tale could crest the $70 million mark this weekend, well ahead of the $52.5 million opening that "The Bourne Supremacy" racked up in 2004.

In the process, "Bourne" knocked "The Simpsons Movie" from the perch it enjoyed last weekend. In second place, 20th Century Fox's "Simpsons" grossed an estimated $8.1 million for the day, down nearly 74% from the film's opening day gross the previous Friday of $30.8 million. Still, the movie has grossed more than $111 million in its first eight days of release.

Of the weekend"s other new wide release, Buena Vista's release of Walt Disney Pictures' "Underdog" developed the most traction. In third place, the live action version of the 1960s cartoon about a canine superhero, "Underdog" grossed an estimated $4.1 million on its opening day.

Paramount Pictures" comedy "Hot Rod," starring "Saturday Night Live's" Andy Samberg, had to settle for an eighth place showing, grossing just under $2 million.

In ninth place, Lionsgate's "Bratz: The Movie," based on the popular doll line, attracted just an estimated $1.7 million.

Although playing in just 542 theaters, Picturehouse's "El Cantante," the biopic of salsa singer Hector Lavoe starring Marc Anthony, attracted nearly $1 million for a 12th place showing.

Rounding out the top five, Universal"s comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" was in fourth place with an estimated $3.3 million, while in fifth place, New Line Cinema"s "Hairspray" grossed an estimated $3 million.