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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 July, 2004, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
Bourne sequel tops US film chart
Matt Damon
Matt Damon stars as agent Jason Bourne in the thriller sequel
The Bourne Supremacy, the thriller sequel starring Matt Damon, topped the film charts in North America on Sunday.

The film made about $53.5m (29.2m) in the three day weekend in the US and Canada, according to box-office analysts Exhibitor Relations.

It knocked last week's top film, I, Robot, into second place.

In third place in its first week was Catwoman, starring Oscar winner Halle Berry. It made a disappointing $17.2m (9.38m) after poor reviews.

The Bourne Supremacy's three-day total was nearly twice what its predecessor, 2002's The Bourne Identity, made on its opening weekend.

'Mangy misfire'

The Bourne Supremacy is directed by British film-maker Paul Greengrass, who made Bloody Sunday. The Bourne Identity was directed by the American Doug Liman.

Both films are based off books written by Robert Ludlum.

1 The Bourne Supremacy
2 I, Robot
3 Catwoman
4 Spider-Man 2
5 A Cinderella Story
Source: Exhibitor Relations

The Bourne Supremacy had a relatively modest budget of $75m (40.9). It will be released in the UK on 8 August.

It sees Damon returning to the role of secret agent Jason Bourne, and having to return to his old job as a trained assassin after being framed for a botched CIA mission.

Catwoman, which is thought to have cost more than $80m to make, had a "disappointing" first weekend, according to studio Warner Bros' president of domestic theatrical distribution Dan Fellman.

The studio had hoped the film, which also stars Sharon Stone, would make more than $20m (10.9m) in its first week.

The film was described as a "mangy misfire" by website Daily Variety and "the biggest movie hairball this side of Garfield" by the Chicago Tribune.


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