The fourth Bourne thriller — starring Jeremy Renner as a secret agent threatened by his employers, and not Matt Damon as Jason Bourne — raked in $38.1 million in its opening weekend, movie tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Another new release, the political spoof “The Campaign” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, brought in $26.6 million — good enough for second place in the weekend rankings.
“The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of the Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, fell to third place with $19 million, after topping the chart each week since it opened last month.
The film, starring Christian Bale, has already pulled in nearly $389.6 million in domestic box office sales, despite the mass shooting at an opening night screening in Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
A new romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, “Hope Springs,” about a married couple trying to get back their spark, came in fourth place with $14.7 million.
In fifth place, science-fiction action remake “Total Recall,” with $8.01 million in ticket sales, narrowly beat out teen comedy “Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” at $8 million.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the fourth installment of a popular animated series, took in $6.4 million for seventh place — about double the earnings of raunchy comedy “Ted” starring Mark Wahlberg, in eighth place at $3.2 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were dance flick “Step Up: Revolution” at $2.9 million, and “The Watch” starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as part of a neighborhood watch team fighting off an alien invasion, at $2.2 million.