A ''Bourne'' leader, Matt Damon tops the box office. The sequel wins out over Will Smith's ''I, Robot'' and Halle Berry's ''Catwoman''

By Dave Karger
Updated July 24, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Matt Damon, Franka Potente, ...

It might be time to shuffle the order of that A-list: Matt Damon’s “The Bourne Supremacy” debuted this weekend with a fantastic $53.5 million, higher than recent showings by big-name stars like Will Smith and Brad Pitt.

Thanks to “The Bourne Identity”’s extreme popularity on DVD, “Supremacy” almost doubled “Identity”’s $27.1 million opening-weekend take from two years ago. Impressively, the spy sequel premiered higher than “I, Robot” ($52.2 million), “Troy” ($46.9 million), and “Van Helsing” ($51.7 million).

“I, Robot,” meanwhile, plummeted 58 percent in its second weekend to $22.1 million, bringing its 10-day total to $95.4 million. But it did manage to place higher than Halle Berry’s “Catwoman,” whose negative reviews limited its first weekend gross to only $17.2 million.

Completing the top five were “Spider-Man 2,” which slipped to $15 million (its total is now $328.5 million) and Hilary Duff’s modern-day fairy tale “A Cinderella Story,” which grossed $8 million in its second weekend. With $29.8 million in 10 days, this modest production is likely to see a happy ending.

A Cinderella Story

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 96 minutes
  • Mark Rosman