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Box Office: Ultimate Bourne Breaks Records

For this weekend at least, Jason Bourne reigned supreme over James Bond. The Bourne Ultimatum finished its premiere weekend with an estimated $70.2 million in ticket sales, beating not only the other two Bourne films but also the premiere numbers for any Bond movie. It was also the biggest August premiere for any movie ever, and it was a personal best for both star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.


The Simpsons Movie didn't come close to the $71.8 million it pulled in during its opening weekend, but it still finished strong at No. 2 with an estimated $25.6 million in sales. From there, it was a big drop to Underdog, which made $12 million to finish at No. 3 in its debut weekend. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry pulled in $10 million more in the No. 4 spot, and Hairspray nabbed another $9.3 million to round out the top five.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, No Reservations and Transformers all finished ahead of another new release, Andy Samberg's comedy Hot Rod, which pulled in $5 million in the No. 9 spot. As for the final spot in the top 10? That would be Bratz, which made $4.3 million and proved that toy sales don't necessarily translate into ticket sales.

El Cantante managed to finish at No. 12 with $3.3 million, despite only opening in 540 theaters. Becoming Jane, meanwhile, made $1 million in its first 100 theaters, while The Ten made $117,000 in an extremely limited 25 theaters.

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