<i>Bourne</i> Dethrones <i>The Dark Knight</i>

It was bound to happen. The Bat had to fall at some point and, as predicted, he was brought down by Bourne, or more accurately Jeremy Renner, star of Universal Pictures' The Bourne Legacy.

The Tony Gilroy-directed film actually performed better than predicted, however, slipping past the $35 million pre-release estimate to gross $40.3 million in its first weekend at the North American box office. Falling to third from the top spot, a position it had held since its July 20 release, The Dark Knight Rises still managed another $19.5 million, bringing its worldwide total to nearly $835.5 million.

The Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign exceeded expectations, debuting at No. 2 with $27.4 million. The only new release of the weekend to under-perform was the Tommy Lee Jones-Meryl Streep dramedy Hope Springs, whose $15.6 million fell $3.4 million short of early estimates.

Those new releases will face stiff competition this week, however, with the arrivals of the ensemble action film The Expendables 2, the stop-motion kids' horror/comedy ParaNorman, the musical drama Sparkle, the feel-good family affair The Secret Life of Timothy Green and the potential dark horse Cosmopolis.

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