‘Jason Bourne’ Tops Box Office in Matt Damon’s Return

“Jason Bourne,” the latest installment of the action franchise featuring a returning Matt Damon, opened as the No. 1 film in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, generating $59.2 million in sales for theaters and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures.

“Bad Moms,” a new comedy from STX Entertainment, took third place with $23.8 million in ticket sales, researcher ComScore Inc. said Monday in an e-mailed statement. “Nerve,” a thriller from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., made its debut in eighth place with sales of $9.45 million.

Damon returned to his role as the superspy after sitting out 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy.” “Jason Bourne,” the fifth film in the series based loosely on the Robert Ludlum novels, also stars Tommy Lee Jones as CIA director Robert Dewey and Alicia Vikander as hacker Heather Lee.

“Bourne,” which cost $120 million to produce, turned in a better-than-expected performance. The film was projected to generate between $51 million and $58 million in opening weekend ticket sales, according to estimates from industry trackers including Box Office Mojo and the Hollywood Stock Exchange. An opening in the mid-to-high $40 million range would put the film on track for a healthy box office run here and abroad, the studio said last week.

The picture outmaneuvered releases from earlier weeks including Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Beyond” and Sony Corp.’s “Ghostbusters” in a year where remakes and sequels took center stage in Hollywood, often with disappointing results.

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