As expected, the new Bourne took a step back in box office profits. But as predicted here at Studio Wars, it nonetheless did much better than the original Bourne ($38 mil to $27 mil), so there is hope that this re-boot is merely a blip on the screen and the Bourne series still has a lot of life in it.
The Campaign opened on the low end for Will Ferrell comedies with $26 million, but that’s not far off Anchorman’s opening take, so it’s hardly a disaster. And considering it has no competition in the comedy genre for the rest of the month, it could stay strong for several weeks.
The last wide release of the weekend, Hope Springs, actually opened last Wednesday with fairly low results. But considering its target audience (older than 50) is not usually one to rush out to see early releases, this wasn’t much of a surprise. And when the weekend finally hit, so did the crowds for this film, pushing it above $20 million for the extended weekend. It should continue to do well for many weeks to come as good word-of-mouth will keep it afloat long after some of the current competition has sunk.
Speaking of sinking, it was an abysmal second weekend for Total Recall, which dropped nearly 70% and looks doomed to be one of the biggest box office bombs of the year. There was a time when Colin Farrell seemed to be the next big thing in Hollywood. But it’s been ten years since Minority Report and S.W.A.T.
While we’re on the topic of blasts from the past, this coming weekend brings us Expendables 2, this time with Chuck Norris. Check out our weekly preview later this week on what we expect from this great group of action stars.
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Current Standings (Projected Total)
1. Matt S. – $705 ($793)
2. Darius T. – $692 ($774)
3. Ryan C. – $642 ($696)
4. Jeremy J. – $530 ($606)
5. Pat S. – $520 ($553)
6. John S. – $492 ($586)
7. AJ K. – $317 ($430)