Superspy Jason Bourne delivered more than an ultimatum this weekend as the third in a series of spy thrillers topped box office charts and delivered the biggest August opening of a film ever.
The Bourne Ultimatum took in $70.2-million this weekend, far surpassing the openings of the earlier Bourne films based on novels by Robert Ludlum.
The second in the series, The Bourne Supremacy, earned $52.5-million in its opening weekend in 2004, while the first film, The Bourne Identity, had an opening weekend take of $27.1-million in 2002.
The film's opening bodes well for a robust August, which is typically when the summer movie season begins to cool off. This weekend's top 12 films earned a whopping 36 percent more than the top 12 did in the same weekend last year.
Top 5 movies
1. The Bourne Ultimatum, $70.2-million
2. The Simpsons Movie, $25.6-million
3. Underdog, $12-million
4. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, $10.5-million
5. Hairspray, $9.3-million