Last weekend, Star Trek Beyond proved there is still life in the iconic Star Trek franchise after 50 years, taking the top spot at the box office with $59.2 million. While, admittedly, it was the lowest debut since filmmaker J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in 2009, it received glowing reviews and it may have more longevity in theaters than its predecessors. This weekend, it will go up against three newcomers, Universal's long-awaited Jason Bourne, STX Entertainment's comedy Bad Moms and Lionsgate's Nerve, which actually opens in theaters tomorrow. We're predicting that Jason Bourne should have no trouble coming out on top in its opening weekend with $60.3 million.
The original Bourne movie trilogy is one of the few to have a bigger box office performance each time out, with many franchises increasing with the second movie and dropping with the third. 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum earned $69.2 million in its opening weekend, en route to a franchise best $227.4 million domestic and $442.8 million worldwide, from a $110 million budget. While Universal tried to keep the franchise alive by going in a somewhat different direction with 2012's The Bourne Legacy, it's still been nine years since Matt Damon has been back as Jason Bourne, and its possible that the long absence between movies could have either an adverse or an advantageous effect on its box office performance.
Box Office Mojo reports that Jason Bourne, which was produced on a $120 million budget, is slated to open in approximately 3,900 theaters this weekend, a theater count far greater than Bad Moms' 3,000 theaters and Nerve' 2,600 theaters. As of now, only Jason Bourne has enough reviews to qualify for a Rotten Tomatoes score, earning 64% from the nation's critics so far, although we'll have to wait and see how that changes as we get closer to opening day. We're predicting that holdovers Star Trek Beyond ($28.7 million) and The Secret Life of Pets ($18.9 million) will drop to second and third place respectively, with Bad Moms ($14.6 million) and Nerve ($13.1 million) rounding out the top 5.
Matt Damon himself revealed last year that the Jason Bourne story is set in the "post-Snowden world", referencing former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents that exposed how the government was spying on the American public. The movie will be exploring the nature of spy agencies and civil liberties. The actor also teased that Bourne is set in Europe, with the production shooting in several locations such as Greece and Las Vegas.
In this new comedy Bad Moms from the writers of The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities - going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Nerve follows industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), who has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Lights Out ($12.4 million) Ghostbusters ($10.2 million), Ice Age: Collision Course ($9.4 million), Finding Dory ($3.8 million) and The Legend of Tarzan ($3.2 million). Also opening this weekend in limited release is Sony Pictures Classics' Equity, A24's Into the Forest, IFC's The Land, Dimension Films' Viral. Roadside Attractions' Indignation and Open Road Films' documentary Gleason. We don't know for sure if any of these movies will expand nationally in the weeks or months ahead, so stay tuned.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Warner Bros. will finally unveil their long-awaited Suicide Squad adaptation, which will go up against EuropaCorp's Nine Lives. The Weinstein Company was initially set to debut The Founder, starring Michael Keaton as McDonald's founder Ray A. Kroc, but they recently pushed the movie into awards contention with an Oscar qualifying run starting December 16 and a nationwide expansion January 20, 2017. Also opening in limited release is Independent's The Brooklyn Baker, Citizen Soldier and The Remains, Rialto's Elevator to the Gallows, FilmRise's Five Nights in Maine, Strand's Front Cover, Magnolia's Little Men and Janus Films' Multiple Maniacs. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, but until then, take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of July 29.