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  • Photos of the Sydney premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum are from yahoo.

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  • Final box-office figures from the opening weekend of The Bourne Ultimatum are here: $69.28 million.

  • A new report from Forbes has found that Matt returns more gross income for his movies than any other actor (male or female) - a second report from the Boston Globe.

    Dollar for dollar, Matt Damon's the best deal in Hollywood, according to Forbes.com. The website has calculated that for every dollar Damon was paid for his last three pictures, the Cambridge-bred actor brought in $29 of gross income. Not bad, eh? That put the 36-year-old "Bourne Ultimatum" star atop a list of 22 Hollywood heavies. Brad Pitt took second place, with a gross income return of $24 for each dollar paid, and Vince Vaughn tied with Johnny Depp for third with $21. Jennifer Aniston is the most profitable actress with a gross income return of $17. Russell Crowe is at the bottom of the list, averaging just $5 in gross income for every dollar spent on the Oscar winner for his last three films.

    Damon earned the top spot mainly through his work playing an amnesiac spy in the Bourne trilogy. In 2004 Universal Studios made The Bourne Supremacy for $75 million--downright cheap for a summer action flick--and grossed $290 million in worldwide box office, plus another $165 million in video sales and rentals. Damon's total compensation for that film was just $26 million, a bargain for Universal. The latest installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, opened in theaters this past weekend with $70.2 million in box office receipts in the U.S., the biggest August opening weekend ever.

  • Update: Matt discussed the Forbes survey results at the Sydney premiere - as reported here:

    In Sydney last night for the Australian premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum, the third instalment in the spy trilogy in which he stars, Damon said he understood why he was at the top of the list.

    "Because I'm underpaid," he said. "I think they're using some funny math."

    On Crowe's pitiful performance, Damon was sympathetic.

    "These things are so crazy, because if you had taken the same people and applied the same formula a couple of years ago, he [Crowe] would have come out on top. If you are on the shortlist, you have made it anyway."

  • Australian interviews: news.com.au and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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    Jason Bourne is a lone wolf who travels exceptionally light. But Matt Damon, the man who plays him, is happiest when surrounded by his extended family. That's why The Bourne Ultimatum star, in town for [tonight's] State Theatre premiere, has found his third trip to Sydney hard going.

    "The first time I came to Sydney, I absolutely loved it. So the second time I came, I brought my wife and her daughter and my mother in law and my brother and his wife and their kids,'' he told film writer Vicky Roach.

    But Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso, whom he met in 2003 when she was working as a bartender, felt the schedule would simply be too punishing for their 13-month-old baby Isabella.

    "I spent my whole life on the road by myself. It's just so different now."

  • A video interview with Matt from the Sunrise program is here. In the video Matt says he gave his five favourite books of 2006 to friends as Christmas presents last year. The host then discusses the books after the interview, and they are:

    1. Imperial life in the emerald city
    2. Freakonomics
    3. The end of poverty
    4. Revolutionary road
    5. The men who stare at goats

  • Candids of Matt in New York late last week, wearing a very cool Red Sox cap, are here.

  • An on-set diary by Doug Liman about the making of The Bourne Identity is at ew.com.

    I land Matt Damon, who like me had gotten his big break from Miramax. Matt quickly becomes my ally and together we fight to make a thoughtful action movie in an inflexible system. I can count on Matt during some of the darkest hours of production to keep me on course.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ultimatum Weekend Box Office

    I'm in total shock $69.28 million!! :D Just outstanding! Everyone involved in Ultimatum must be over the moon. Only The Simpsons has done better this year.

    It's been reviewed in Empire (UK version) and was given the maximum 5 stars and a fantastic review. I agreed with every word. I don't know how to link it to your site Felicity, but maybe someone else can.

    Steve Wright on Radio 2 has just mentioned that Forbes article just as I started to type this.

    I've also got 3 of his 5 favourite books for 2006 too. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum Weekend Box Office

    Thanks Marcia, Kaylinne posted the whole Empire review in a posting from last week.

    I've only got 2 of the 5.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum Weekend Box Office

    Ashamed I have none of the 5 - but at least I know what to buy when I've finished Harry Potter ;-)

    Forgive my ignorance - is €69 million for an opening weekend good?

    Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum Weekend Box Office

    Look at the earlier posts or comments. US$69 million doesn't beat Spiderman or the year's biggest films, but Matt's previous best opening was Supremacy with $52 million, and that was any spy film (including Bond's) highest opening ever. It's a great opening, and expectations were that it would make mid$55-60 million, which would still have been great.

    As an indication, the opening day (Friday) was the studio Universal's highest opening day figure ever, and the $ actually increased on Saturday.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ultimatum Weekend Box Office

    Oops! How did I miss that? Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Baby #2??

    I saw an excerpt from life and style magazine claiming that aparently Luciana and Matt are expecting their second child together.....mag claims they got info from a close friend of teh couple. Has anyone else heard anything about this...i.e. is it true!!???

    p.s. i think Isabella has become a real cutie pie, but I think she looks more like her mom than Matt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 8th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby #2??

    There have been rumors for a couple of weeks, but they're from really unreliable sources. I've heard about the Life and Style one, but haven't seen the item in full. Do you have access to it and could possibly write it out? Thanks.

    Matt just got given a really cute gift for Isabella in an Australian TV interview - a sheepskin teddy bear.
    http://www.flatout.com.au/bears.htm
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 8th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby #2??

    Matt said Lucy was not pregnant in a radio interview this morning. (He's hardly going to admit to it though.)
    http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/shows/theshebang/

    More fun radio clips here:
    http://www.nova969.com.au/site/shows/merrick_rosso/mr_on_demand.aspx
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby #2??

    I agree, he didn't exactly admit she was pregnant till she was well into the pregnancy!!

    So here's the snippit from Life&Style mag:
    " Baby No.2 on the way for Luciana and Matt Damon! - Their daughter Isabella just turned 1, and now Matt Damon and wife Luciana are expecting another child!" Luciana is pregnant," a friend of Matt's tells Life&Style."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 8th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baby #2??

    That really is a short item! Thanks for writing it up.

    Not to continue the hypothetical debate, but during the interview the host says basically that you're expecting number two. Matt says no. The host says afterwards quietly that he got the information from the guy accompanying Matt to the interview (minder/guard) - unless I interpreted that wrongly.
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