The Bourne Ultimatum

Universal’s The Bourne Ultimatum grabbed $25.5M on Friday, which should translate to a staggering $72M opening weekend. That’s easily the best opening in the franchise, topping The Bourne Identity‘s $27.1M and The Bourne Supremacy‘s $52.5M. This also marks the best opening weekend of Matt Damon’s career.

Last week’s big winner The Simpsons Movie is taking a larger than expected drop after a meteoric $102.9M in its opening 7 days. The big screen version of Fox’s long-running series has added an estimated $8M on Friday, but the animated flick is headed for only $25M or so for the weekend, which is a massive 66% drop from its opening. Disney’s Underdog, which wasn’t screened for critics, is a surprise third with $4.1M on Friday, and, with a big Saturday and Sunday kiddie bounce, it should have $12.1M banked by Monday morning. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is a solid 4th with $3.3M today and an estimated $10.6M for the weekend.

Hot Rod and Bratz have both tanked. The Andy Samberg comedy from SNL producer Lorne Michaels stumbled out of the gates with only $2M, and it will manage only a meager $5.1M for the 3-day. Bratz, geared for preteen girls, could only drum up $1.75M to start the weekend, and it will finish the weekend with an estimated $4.4M.

Among limited releases, the Jennifer Lopez-produced El Cantante has a PTA of $1,600 or so, which gives it an estimated $850,000 on 542 screens. This biopic about salsa king Hector Lavoe should finish the weekend with something in the $2.5M range. Also scoring well was Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway with an average of just over $3,000 on its 100 screens and an estimated $310,000. This Jane Austen biopic will likely bank about $1.1M during its opening 3-day with an aggressive expansion set for next weekend.

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Mini-Movie Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne UltimatumIn The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne will conclude his journey to find the answers to his mysterious past. While the answers yielded may not be enough for even the simplest of viewers, the action sequences are sure to keep you glued to the big screen. During one car chase sequence I found myself literally on the edge of my seat grasping the armrests. Paul Greengrass creates some amazing artfully shot intense action sequences of the likes that have never been seen before. Julia Stiles has her most interesting turn yet. Greengrass shot New York City like he has with the foreign countries in the rest of the series. This is a New York City you have never seen before on film.

Some people may feel that the ending is too neatly wrapped up, especially for a film series which is identified for it’s misanthropic realism. I was angered that Universal had spoiled so much of the movie in the movie trailer and poster advertising. The United States portion of the film is just the third act of this film, and that great “office” moment shown in the trailers is very close to the film’s finale.

/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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 In a summer full of big blockbuster movies, adaptations, sequels and threequels, you would think that Hollywood would have made some record scratch. Not so! According to the AP, attendance is running behind last summer’s and has even fallen below that of the summer of 2005. According to Media By Numbers, 279 million tickets had been sold thus far compared with 315 million at this same point in 2002.  But this is not what was supposed to happen. Industry analysts predicted the first $4 billion summer in history,  but we’re at the midway point and it’s not looking probable. As of this past weekend, Hollywood has made $1.9 billion since the first weekend in May. And $945 million of that number comes from just three movies (Pirates 3, Spider-Man 3, and Shrek the Third).

And there are a few biggies waiting in the bull pen: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 3, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Simpsons Movie and Hairspray. But as you might notice, most of them are medium sized majors, not on the same level with a Spider-Man 3. Potter is likely to make $300 million domestically, but the rest probably won’t come close.

May-be the problem is that none of the huge releases really connected with the audiences. Most of the films resulted with bad reviews and bad word of mouth. And the good flicks (Ratatouille, Once, Sicko) got buried in the mix.

New Movie Poster: The Bourne Ultimatum

 The Bourne Ultimatum

Cinematical has posted this new poster for The Bourne Ultimatum. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the new international black and white posters or the original teaser one-sheet. This new poster seems too stock. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

The Bourne Ultimatum International Teaser Trailer


The International teaser trailer for The Bourne Ultimatum (poster) is now online. While the new trailer doesn’t reveal/show much, but one can’t argue that it’s not intense.

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Bourne Ultimatum“This summer Jason Bourne comes home”. That’s right, the theatrical poster for The Bourne Ultimatum shows Jason Bourne looking at the New York City coast. Click on the picture for a higher resolution version.

Until now we’ve known very little about the plot for the third Bourne film. While the film is “based on Robert Ludlum’s bestselling novel of the same name,” the movie is expected to have an almost completely different plot.

Here is what we know: “Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) continues to trace his past in order to find a future. He must travel from London, Madrid, Moscow, and Paris to NYC and Tangier as he continues his quest to find the truth of his life—all the while trying to out-maneuver the scores of federal officers, Interpol agents, and police officers with him in their crosshairs.”

The co-stars include: Joan Allen, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Julia Stiles, and David Strathairn. And the film is directed (again) by Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy).

Poster photo courtesy of LatinoReview.
And check out Patrick’s photos below, from the New York City set:

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