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'The Bourne Legacy' Gets Out Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Shadow & Will Now Open On August 10th

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 22, 2012 4:45 PM
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How wide will the wings of "The Dark Knight Rises" spread? Well, let's put it this way: when "The Dark Knight" opened in 2008, it was the number one movie at the box office for four straight weeks, and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks on its way to a $533 million domestic haul that helped push it over a billion worldwide. And it's probably pretty safe to assume that Batman will dominate long and hard once again this summer.

So, likely noting that, and seeing how "The Avengers" was number one for three weeks, and is still in the top ten after eight weeks, Universal has now pushed "The Bourne Legacy" back one week to August 10th. Or rather, three weeks away from "The Dark Knight Rises" instead of two. It's a smart play and also puts 'Bourne' on a weekend where it will have a bit more room to breathe as the film faces off against two comedies: the Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis vehicle "The Campaign" and Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones yukking it up in "Hope Springs." They also avoid running against another action flick in Sony's "Total Recall," which is still opening on August 3rd.

It's a good strategic move from Universal who rightfully realize that there will be no stopping "The Dark Knight Rises" train. But it does mean a one week longer wait for the "The Bourne Legacy," which is a bit of a bummer. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac and more, Tony Gilroy's franchise spinoff is bringing a lot to the table, so giving it the right space to play makes sense.

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  • jingmei | June 25, 2012 12:29 AMReply

    Whenever it's just the hopeful one.

  • charlieeeeee | June 23, 2012 10:24 PMReply

    i thought the 2nd trailer was really good i'm definitly seeing this

  • rollo tomasi | June 23, 2012 10:20 PMReply

    when of the best casts of the year, i can't wait

  • bobo | June 22, 2012 7:34 PMReply

    smart move it's still one of my most anticipated films

  • AS | June 22, 2012 5:49 PMReply

    Sluty paycheck film, no one cares.

  • jingmei | June 25, 2012 12:28 AM

    Do not fart about this one please. It's like people are different, not all anticipated blockbusters are the same you know.

  • AS | June 22, 2012 9:49 PM

    There were many who cared about Transformers as well....

  • david | June 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    I do.

  • kingslayer | June 22, 2012 5:06 PMReply

    disappointed but what's one more week

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