Jason Bourne rode into 46 international markets last night to gross $22.8M, marking the biggest opening day abroad in the Bourne franchise history. Universal is estimating a weekend of $49M right now, which would also become the biggest debut internationally for any film in the Bourne series. Combined with the U.S. opening weekend estimate of $60M+, the estimated worldwide total will be cracking the $100M ceiling — putting it potentially at $109M+ through Sunday. Right now, and not surprisingly, it’s the No. 1 film worldwide and has opened to No. 1 spots in 28 of its 46 markets. And this is before it opens in China. It makes its way there on Aug. 23.
This film will probably mark the second time that international outweighs domestic for the franchise, given the China release to come and seeing that it already bested the previous franchise high of $17.5M in the U.K. which historically has embraced the Bourne films. In 2007, The Bourne Ultimatum was the previous high point for the franchise, taking in $215.3M internationally with domestic besting it with $227.4M. The Bourne Legacy, in 2012, grabbed $164M internationally to domestic’s $113.2M (but Jeremy Renner, not Matt Damon starred).
In market-by-market breakdowns, Jason Bourne opened in the U.K. and Ireland yesterday with an estimated $2.2M coming in behind the family favorite Finding Dory. Combined with the 2 days of previews the film has grossed $5.2M and marks the biggest opening of the franchise and the best Matt Damon opening ever in this territory.
The actioner opened in South Korea on Wednesday and since has grossed $5.1M in only three days, placing behind two local Korean titles which are dominating the summer holiday box office there. Together, the three titles have sucked all the air out of the box office, accounting for 85% of moviegoing. Regardless, in this market, Jason Bourne is still on track to become the biggest opening weekend for the Bourne franchise there.
Speaking of market share, in Australia Jason Bourne has a 55% market share of all films in release with a two-day gross of $2.3M and a No. 1 ranking. It is also the biggest Bourne opening and biggest opening for Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon in this market.
The film is said to be “off to a very good start” in Spain (No. 1) with a $569K bow so far — also the biggest opening day for the Bourne franchise in that country.
The film still has some major markets to release as well, including the aforementioned China and also Mexico where it hits on Aug. 26, and Russia on Sept. 1.
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