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After nearly 10 years, Matt Damon as Jason Bourne is back.
The spy thriller dominated the box office on its opening weekend, raking in $60 million according to studio estimates Sunday.
The total (not adjusted for inflation) represents the second-highest opening of the Jason Bourne series, coming right behind "The Bourne Ultimatum," which earned $69.3 million during its debut in 2007. At the time, many thought "The Bourne Ultimatum" would be the last of the series in which Damon would appear as the Robert Ludlum-created character. They were proven wrong with his reprisal of the role nine years later.
The success of the newest iteration can be credited in part to the pairing of Damon with director Paul Greengrass, who directed "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), the second and third movies in the series.
In 2012, when Universal Pictures tried to bring the series back to life with a spin-off movie starring Jeremy Renner, the first weekend sales numbers amounted to $38.7 million. The movie was not as well received and ended up making about $150 million less than "The Bourne Ultimatum" globally.
The four Bourne films starring Damon have now grossed a worldwide total of $1.17 billion — $638 million domestically and $583 million internationally. Universal spent $120 million in making the latest installment and released it in 4,026 theaters. According to exit data, audiences were 55% male and 60% over the age of 35.
Another box office winner this weekend was "Bad Moms," a R-rated comedy from the writers of "The Hangover." The STX Entertainment film starring Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell exceeded expectations earning $23.4 million in its first few days in theaters.
"Bad Moms," which debuted at No. 3, just barely missed second place, held by "Star Trek Beyond," which fell off by 59% in its second weekend in theaters.
Overall, the box office is up nearly 30% from this weekend last year and up 3% for the year.