Aug 02, 2016

    Bourne slips out of shadows to top US box office


    MATT Damon's Jason Bourne spy thriller is dominating box offices, taking in a third of all North American receipts in its opening weekend.

    The film, the fifth in Universal's robust series about a former CIA assassin plagued by amnesia, netted US$60 million (S$80 million) for the three-day weekend, according to preliminary figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

    Bourne - whose director Paul Greengrass had for years insisted he was done with the series - seized the box-office lead from Star Trek Beyond, which took in US$24 million for a two-week total of US$105.7 million.

    The Justin Lin science-fiction adventure, which sees the USS Enterprise crew shipwrecked on a hostile planet, netted less than half its own opening of the previous weekend.

    The raunchy comedy Bad Moms, about three overstressed and overstretched mothers with dreams of escape, came in third in its opening weekend, taking in US$23.4 million. The STX Entertainment film stars Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell.