The Wall Street Journal: ‘Jason Bourne’ opens well enough, considering sequel slump

Slightly down at the box office may be the new normal for Hollywood sequels.

“Jason Bourne” opened to an estimated $60 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, a solid start for the latest entry in the spy series from Universal Pictures.

Executives at Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA, -0.90% studio said they were pleased with the result, though it was 13% lower than the $69.3 million opening of “The Bourne Ultimatum” in 2007, when ticket prices were 27% less. That was the last movie in the series to star Matt Damon and to be directed by Paul Greengrass, who reunited for the new film.

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