It appears as though fifth time is the charm for the Bourne franchise, after the latest installment, Jason Bourne pulled in an impressive $60 million at the domestic box office over its debut weekend. The film marked Damon's return to the beloved franchise after a nine year absence, with the actor last appearing in the third Bourne film, The Bourne Ultimatum.
And it's probably a good thing the film appears to be off to a flying start, considering just last week it emerged that Damon was being paid handsomely for his return to the franchise. According to Variety, the actor reportedly earned around $1 million per line of dialogue in the film, for a total take home pay of $26 million, meaning yes, Jason Bourne has just 26 lines in the entire film. But hey, let's be honest, you don't go to a Bourne film to listen to the riveting dialogue, you go for some good old fashioned action scenes.
So how has Jason Bourne's opening weekend stacked up against the other films in the Bourne series? Let's take a look:
The Bourne Identity - 2002
The first film in the franchise, The Bourne Identity introduced us to amnesiac hero Jason Bourne, and was an instant success. After fetching $27 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office, altogether The Bourne Identity made $121 million on American soil, and a further $92 million in the foreign market.
The Bourne Supremacy - 2004
Two years after his debut as Jason Bourne, Matt Damon returned in a sequel which saw Bourne framed for a botched CIA operation. Obviously audiences were stoked to see the action man back on big screens, with the sequel managing $52.5 million domestically in the opening weekend. Over all The Bourne Supremacy made $176 million domestically, and $112 million at the foreign box office.
The Bourne Ultimatum - 2007
Bourne was back dodging CIA agents in The Bourne Ultimatum as he searched for answers about his life as an assassin. The film quickly became the most successful of the entire franchise when it raked in $69 million in the domestic opening weekend. All up The Bourne Ultimatum made $227 million domestically and a further $215 million in the foreign box office, certainly some very big shoes for Jason Bourne to fill.
The Bourne Legacy - 2012
The Bourne franchise continued in 2012, albeit without an actual appearance by Matt Damon. Instead Jeremy Renner starred as a new hero named Aaron Cross, in an expansion of the Bourne universe. Unfortunately the lack of Matt Damon meant the film only managed $38 million in its opening weekend, for a domestic total of $113 million. The film fared better in the foreign market with a total gross of almost $163 million.
Jason Bourne - 2016
Matt Damon's return to the franchise seems to have excited fans enough to part with their cash, making $60 million domestically in its opening weekend, as well as a tidy $50 million in foreign markets. However it still remains to be seen whether or not the fifth installment can top the $227 million domestic gross or the $215 million foreign gross of The Bourne Ultimatum.
UPDATE: Further estimates suggest that Jason Bourne's opening weekend domestic total is expected to be somewhere between $59.2 million and $59.6 million, not quite reaching earlier projections of $60 million.
Have you see Jason Bourne yet? What did you think?
Source: Box Office Mojo