'The Bourne Legacy' & 'The Campaign' Dethrone 'Dark Knight Rises'

on August 12, 2012 by Shawn Robbins
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Universal is estimating that The Bourne Legacy will gross $40.3 million this weekend, including $14.0 million on Friday and $14.8 million on Saturday.  The sequel-reboot hybrid's Flixster score tanked over the weekend to 64 percent across 115,000 ratings (it was previously at 85 percent before its release) and Universal reports the film's CinemaScore as a "B".  Combined with the nature of franchise sequels to end up very front-loaded without strong word of mouth, the outlook for Legacy's staying power is somewhat questionable.  The audience breakdown was 52 percent male/48 percent female and 69 percent age 30 and older/31 percent under 30.

Meanwhile, the Will Farrell-Zach Galifianakis double billing of The Campaign led to a successful $27.44 million estimated debut.  Warner Bros. reports that the comedy bagged $10.24 million on Friday and $9.555 million on Saturday.  The opening isn't quite on the level of Farrell's past summer successes but, keeping things in perspective, those weren't R-rated political comedies.  Still, with a "B-" CinemaScore and a 64 percent Flixster rating from just over 23,000 users, word of mouth may not be enough to carry The Campaign in the long run.  The audience breakdown was 55 percent male/45 percent female and 64 percent over age 25/36 percent under 25.

The third new entry of the week, Hope Springs, pulled an estimated $15.6 million during its three-day weekend after grossing a combined $4.45 million on Wednesday and Thursday.  The film's Flixster rating stands at 71 percent from over 6,600 users.

During its second weekend, Total Recall is estimated to have bagged $8.1 million.  That represents a drop of more than 68 percent from its opening tally last week.

Not to be forgotten this weekend is the fourth frame of The Dark Knight Rises.  Although Nolan's Batman finale fell from first place after a three-week reign, the Warner Bros. release was down 45 percent to an estimated $19.54 million (including $3.751 million from IMAX).  By comparison, The Dark Knight fell 38.8 percent in its fourth weekend back in 2008 with less significant competition entering the market than Rises faced this time.  With an estimated total of almost $390.15 million, Rises also climbed past a trio of other finales this weekend -- The Return of the King, Revenge of the Sith and Deathly Hallows Part 2 -- to nab 15th place on the all-time domestic chart.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: The Bourne Legacy, Hope Springs, The Campaign, The Dark Knight Rises
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