This weekend’s box office chart was dominated by movies that make the audience think. On top of the list is The Bourne Legacy, which debuted with an estimated $40.3 million. Critics said that its plot is less complicated than the franchise’s first three movies.
Taking second place is another newcomer The Campaign with an estimated $27.4 million. It stars Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis in a funny political satire.
The Dark Knight Rises dropped to third place after spending three weeks on top. It earned an estimated $19.5 million, which makes its earning just shy of $400 million in 24 days.
Hope Springs is in fourth place. It is a romantic comedy for the older generation. It stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep. It raked in an estimated $15.6 million during the weekend and additional $4.5 million last Wednesday and Thursday.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days rounds out the top five box office grossers this weekend with estimated earnings of $8.2 million on its second week.
Nitro Circus the Movie 3D disappointed its home studio with its $1.7 million earning over the weekend. It was expected to get at least $5 million from 800 screens. It finished outside the top 10.
Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass missed out on a box office smash as they chose not to make another Bourne movie. Damon gives the role to Jeremy Renner in his first leading man role in a mainstream action thriller. Tony Gilroy wrote the first three movies of the Bourne franchise and he was given the task to direct the latest one. He showed that he can do chase sequences as exciting as Greengrass did.