After three weeks atop the box office “The Dark Knight Rises” was finally knocked down as two comedy heavyweights and a gutsy shift in a popular action franchise dominated the weekend.
Jeremy Renner successfully took over the Jason Bourne franchise in “The Bourne Legacy” as the film topped the weekend with $40 million with Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis’ political comedy “The Campaign” coming in second with $27.5 million and Christian Bale’s “The Dark Knight Rises” landing in third with $19.7 million (passing $390 million for its domestic total).
Let’s see if Renner’s new action-star status or the team of Ferrell and Galifianakis won the week.
Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz – “The Bourne Legacy”
Though “The Bourne Legacy” didn’t attract the same kind of dough as the “Bourne” sequels headed by Matt Damon (which were in the 50-60 million weekend take), the film cements Jeremy Renner as an action star, who at 41 is finally coming into his own after a long climb up the Hollywood ladder. Though he has admitted that through his career he’s made mistakes, he’s grown wiser with age.
However, Renner’s deserving rise hasn’t diminished his feistiness. Just this week he talked to the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex about his frustration that his Hawkeye character in “The Avengers” wasn’t as fleshed out as he’d originally hoped.
Renner’s co-star in “Legacy,” Rachel Weisz, also made news this week as she finally opened up about her marriage to Daniel Craig. She also talked about her next film, the much anticipated “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis – “The Campaign”
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis teaming up for a film is a “Why hasn’t this happened already?” kinda no-brainer. But, as we’ve learned, it’s not just on the screen where the laughs happen but in the promotion as well. The two funnymen debated “children” for this Funny or Die video and the laughs continued over at EW.com were Ferrell answered some awkward questions.
Galifianakis got a bit more serious this week as he compared two campaign fundraising brothers in the film (the Motch brothers, played by John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) to real-life billionaire right-wing fundraisers David and Charles Koch. Leading to a back and forth by the comedian and the brothers.
News also broke in the last few days that Galifianakis married his longtime girlfriend Quinn Lundberg over the weekend. Congrats, Zach!!!
And the winner is…
We have to give this week’s crown to Renner. In an industry where instant stardom is handed to many young kids who haven’t been in Hollywood long enough to buy an iced coffee, it’s great to see an actor who busted his tail for years (remember him on that reality TV show “The It Factor”?) finally become a superstar.
Keep it going, Jeremy!