'Bourne' Bests Bond

Damon's spy thriller earns more in debut than any 007 film
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2007 6:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Hollywood’s top spy has a new name: Bourne, Jason Bourne. The Bourne Ultimatum shattered box office records this weekend by racking up the largest August opening ever, Variety reports. Domestically, the Matt Damon vehicle grossed $70.2 million, more than the two previous “Bourne” flicks or any James Bond movie.

The Simpsons Movie lost 65% of its audience in its second week but still managed to earn second place with an estimated $25.6 million. Disney’s Underdog, a live-action family film based on the 1960s cartoon, opened with a respectable $12 million. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Hairspray rounded out the top five.