‘Bourne’ pulls the trigger at box office

Spy thriller has $24.5 million opening day

Filmmaker Paul Greengrass’ “The Bourne Ultimatum” made an estimated $24.5 million in domestic ticket sales on Friday from 3,660 runs, outperforming the opening day performance of the previous two installments in Universal’s reinvigorated spy franchise.

Coming in second was Fox’s holdover “The Simpsons Movie,” which made an estimated $8.1 million on Friday from 3,926 locations for a cume of $111.1 million. Pic, now in its second frame, dropped 74% from its opening day, in line with declines for several of the summer’s other best openers.

Among other wide new entrants, Disney’s live-action kiddie pic “Underdog,” based on the 1960s cartoon series, made an es-timated $4.1 million on Friday from 3,013 locations. Paramount’s laffer “Hot Rod” made an estimated $2 million from 2,607 runs.

Lionsgate’s “Bratz,” based on the doll line, took in an estimated $1.7 million on Friday from 1,509 runs.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony-starrer “El Cantante,” from Picturehouse, made an estimated $1 million from 542 runs in selected markets.

Bowing on July 23, 2004, “The Bourne Supremacy” saw an opening day take of $18.4 million and a weekend take of $52.5 million. “The Bourne Identity,” opening on June 14, 2002, made $8.7 million on its first day and $27.1 million for the weekend.

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