Box Office: Matt Damon is ‘Bourne’ Again

Drew Dietsch

Jason Bourne returned to the box office in spectacular fashion. The response to the film has been somewhat mixed (check out Nick’s review) but audiences seem to be happy with Matt Damon‘s return. It’s probably going to be a one-weekend film thanks to that big release coming out on Friday (see below), so give it a watch before it disappears.

Another win for the weekend was Bad Moms. The raucous comedy did incredibly solid business and has gotten a great response from audiences. This might be one that sticks around and slowly rakes in the dough.

Nerve tried to pad its numbers by opening early on Wednesday, but its key audience was split thanks to Bad Moms. Still, the movie was made fairly cheap and will make its money back with no problem. Overall, it was a good weekend at the box office for everyone.

A few tidbits from the box office numbers:

  • Jason Bourne scored the second highest opening in the franchise’s history, just a few million beneath The Bourne Ultimatum. You can bet that another sequel is already being discussed.
  • It’s not all roses in the world of franchises. It took Ghostbusters three weeks to cross the $100 million mark, and Star Trek Beyond fell over 60% in its second weekend. That’s a real shame since Star Trek Beyond is the best Star Trek film since Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Please go see it. It’s the best summer blockbuster of the year (so far).

The Numbers Game

Each week, I will guess how much wide-release films will be making on their opening weekend. My estimates come from my heart and my gut. You’d think I’d use my brain but that makes far too much sense. Fandom editor Nick Nunziata will also be providing his guesses because two stabs in the dark are better than one.

Last Week:

Jason Bourne
My Guess: $66,000,000
Nick’s Guess: $57,000,000
Actual: $60,000,000
Result: A solid return that Nick pegged almost perfectly. I got overenthusiastic.

Bad Moms
My Guess: $24,000,000
Nick’s Guess: $18,000,000
Actual: $23,400,000
Result: A definite addition to my win column.

My Guess: $6,000,000
Nick’s Guess: $11,000,000
Actual: $9,000,000 ($15,000,000/five-day)
Result: Nick was closer, but I’m calling this a split win.

This week:

Suicide Squad


DC’s ragtag group of villainous heroes have generated tons of positive interest. Even after the critical backlash Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice suffered, fans are clamoring for this not-so-conventional comic book flick. It probably doesn’t hurt that Deadpool changed the superhero landscape earlier this year, and Suicide Squad‘s marketing has leaned heavily on the film’s madcap spirit. This one is going to break a few records. If it’s good? It could be one of the biggest films of the year.

My guess: $129,000,000
Nick’s guess: $115,000,000

Nine Lives


There’s a reason this movie is getting dumped next to one of the guaranteed blockbusters of the year. How is this even a theatrical release in 2016? We suffered through tons of this awfulness through the ’90s and ’00s, but it looks like we didn’t learn our lesson. There’s got to be a tax write-off or something shady behind this film, right? Audiences have to be savvy to this kind of crass idiocy by now. Please let that be the case.

My guess: 42 hairballs ($7,000,000 in human currency)
Nick’s guess: $12,000,000

See you next week, box office buddies!

Source: Box Office Mojo

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