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Revamped "Bourne" captures movie box office crown

posted 12 Aug 2012, 14:04 by Mpelembe   [ updated 12 Aug 2012, 14:05 ]

The latest celebrity news including a look at weekend box office where a rebooted spy franchise captures the crown. John Russell reports.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES / WARNER BROS. / SONY - Action movie "The Bourne Legacy," with new star Jeremy Renner, raced to the No. 1 spot on U.S. and Canadian box office charts with an estimated 40.3 million dollars (USD) in ticket sales over the weekend.

"Bourne Legacy" is the fourth movie in the spy franchise that previously starred Matt Damon and has grossed nearly 1 billion around the world.

Universal cast Renner in the new movie in an effort to reboot the series for future sequels. Renner plays agent Aaron Cross, who tries to escape his CIA pursuers with the help of genetic scientist.

New adult comedy "The Campaign" debuted in second place, winning 27.4 million at domestic theaters.

"The Campaign" also exceeded pre-weekend forecasts, which had the film debuting with around 20 million. The movie stars Will Ferrell as a candidate running for a U.S. Congressional seat..

"Dark Knight Rises," the final movie in a Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, took in 19.5 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters over the weekend. The blockbuster has grossed over 390 million in the U.S. and Canada since its July 20 debut.

Rounding out the top four was "Hope Springs," a new romantic comedy/drama. The film stars Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as an aging couple trying to bring a spark back to their marriage.