Universal action thriller “The Bourne Legacy” knocks Batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises” from its no. 1 spot for three consecutive weekends to lead the North American weekend box office with $40.3 million in its debut weekend, followed by Warner Bros. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis’ R-rated comedy “The Campaign,” in second place with $27.4 million, followed by “The Dark Knight Rises” with $20 million and a total haul of $390.15 million. Sony Pictures’ Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell adult dramedy ”Hope Springs” claims fourth place with $16 million and family movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” rounds out the top 5 with $8.2 million, with a total haul of $31 million to-date.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, moviegoing was down slightly from the same weekend last year, in part due to the final weekend of the hugely popular Summer Olympics. The July 20 shooting massacre at the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” continues to weigh heavily on the late night movie business.
Weekend Box Office Results:
1. The Bourne Legacy $40.3 million
2. The Campaign $27.4 million
3. The Dark Knight Rises $20 million
4. Hope Springs $16 million
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days $8.2 million
6. Total Recall (2012) $8.1 million
7. Ice Age: Continental Drift $7 million
8. Ted $3.3 million
9. Step Up Revolution $3 million
10. The Watch & The Amazing Spider-Man tie for 10th place with $2.2 million