The return of Matt Damon to the role of his iconic amnesiac spy in Paul Greengrass’ “Jason Bourne” is expected to easily top the box-office this weekend.
Tracking indicates the film is on target for a $50-60 million domestic debut, putting it on par with a consistent several weekends of openers like “Ghostbusters” and “Star Trek Beyond” which have pulled in the same numbers.
Budgeted at $120 million, it will be interesting to see how this performs. Unlike the James Bond franchise which does good domestic and stellar overseas sales, the box-office appeal of Bourne has been the opposite – most of its revenue coming from domestic audiences who this Summer have been staying away in droves which has led to many titles underperforming.
Reviews for “Jason Bourne” have also been problematic, sitting only slightly above the previous Damon-less entry “The Bourne Legacy” on critical aggregation sites. The action and acting has been praised, but the reliance on formula and scripting has been criticised – it effectively does what it says on the tin, and nothing more.