Jason Bourne is top film globally on debut

Box Office Mojo reports that Jason Bourne, which was produced on a $120 million budget, opened in 4,026 theaters this weekend, for a per-screen average of $14,903.

"Jason Bourne", which returned Matt Damon to the title role after he sat out "The Bourne Legacy" in 2012, found more favor with audiences than critics.

Jason Bourne killed it at the box office this weekend, with the latest installment of the spy thriller series pulling down a cool $60 million-about $10 million more than expected, and marking a fine comeback for Matt Damon in his return as the amnesiac assassin.

The movie earned the best reviews of the week among wide releases (63 percent fresh at Rotten Tomatoes) and the best customer word-of-mouth (an A at CinemaScore).

"We felt the best approach was to let the movie do the heavy lifting and let word of mouth carry it", said David Spitz, co-president of domestic theatrical distribution at Lionsgate. The audience for "Jason Bourne" was 55 percent male, among whom 60 percent aged over 35.

And "Lights Out", David F. Sandberg s campy "no-budget" horror film about a haunting by a mysterious creature seen only in the dark, slipped from third to fifth, with $10.8 million. Its predominately female audience - 82% of the opening weekend audience was women - agreed.

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"It proves that this is a franchise that's still viable and that it can continue if they want to keep making them", Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore, told Reuters. No box office data was given for A24's Into the Forest, Dimension Films' Viral and Roadside Attractions' Indignation.

Jason Bourne, took an impressvive $60m (€53.7) in ticket sales, beating last weekend's top draw, Star Trek Beyond, into second place.

What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? The film cost only $5 million to make and has already grossed $42.9 million.

Ghostbusters passed $100 million domestically, and the other new release, Nerve brought in $15 million after opening last Wednesday. It earned $9 million over the weekend for an 8th place finish.

Bad Moms finished third this weekend with a solid $23.4 million opening.

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