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Ultimatum box-office, interviews
  • The Bourne Ultimatum continues to perform well in the US and internationally - reports from the New York Times and Variety:

    "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal) came in third with $19 million [in the US], bringing its total take up to $163.8 million in three weeks.

    "The Bourne Ultimatum" showed plenty of pop in its first major offshore launches with $22 million at 1,470 -- a muscular $14,966 per location average. The three-quel opened with a boffo $13 million in the U.K. for a beefy 39% share, doubling the debut of "The Bourne Supremacy." And a strong Spanish launch of $5 million in its first six days puts it on track to eclipse final cumes of the previous "Bourne" pics in a few days.

    "Ultimatum" also opened in first in Denmark, Finland and Singapore, well above its two predecessors. With three dozen markets left, including Russia and Brazil next weekend, "Ultimatum" appears likely to finish well ahead of the $112 million final foreign cume for "Supremacy."

  • Simon Mayo interviews Matt and Paul Greengrass about movies and football here, thanks to Asymptotia.com. This is the interview Matt mentioned in the Radio 1 interview with Edith Bowman. And a Radio 4 interview with Paul is here.

  • Here's the editor's letter from The Sunday Age, which accompanied the interview linked yesterday.

    Matt Damon, officially Hollywood's best box-office investment, works stardom like a politician works a polling booth: that dazzling smile, the firm handshake, the direct manner and the megawatt charm he uses to reduce any interviewer to an adoring fan. Check the footage of his Andrew Denton interview if you don't believe - the man would win gold at the charisma Olympics.

    No doubt the Democrats back in the US look longingly at this golden-boy liberal, imagining him on the hustings, wooing the voters with straight talk and blinding white teeth. Celebrities like to say they're unelectable because their past is full of good times and loose women. Maybe. But I think a film star such as Damon could get a free pass. Unlike his mate Ben Affleck, Damon has mastered the knack of being famous, but not too famous. In our cover story, he talks about the time he had to charm the studios into saving his first Bourne film. They did, and now he's Hollywood most bankable star.

  • A few quotes from the UK version of OK, in their recent interview with Matt, including the full version of a quote previously mentioned.

    Q:You must be tired doing all this press for the new movie - and you were probably up last night babysitting...
    A:[Laughs] Well, it's not babysitting if it's your own kid!

    Q: Where do you keep the Oscar you won for Good Will Hunting?
    A:It ended up at my apartment in New York, but then my apartment was flooded. A sprinkler broke while we were out of town. It was really weird. It was about two weeks after my daughter was born and I'm sure it was like one of those deals you make with God. We had a pretty hard labour and I'm sure at one point in that labour I said: You can take everything in the world away from me, but please don't take my wife or my daughter.' And two weeks later I got a phone call and they said: 'Oh my God, I'm in your apartment! Everything you have in the world is gone!' And I was holding my daughter and I said: 'Okay, don't worry about it. We'll fix it.' And I'm sure on some level there was some kind of cosmic deal I made for it. So all the stuff is in storage so I don't know.

    Q:What do you miss about your bachelor days?
    A:I'm not missing anything right now. It's been just over a year. I don't know when we're not newlyweds any more, but it's been a year and a half and it's been great. I'm not supposed to get an itch for six years, right?

  • And some more quotes from the Glamour interview (with a few random photos):

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    When Lucy visited Matt on the set of Grimm in Prague

    "She was very unimpressed," he grins, "which is something I love about her. You get coddled as an actor; people are so over-indulgent of you that you're longing for real, genuine interaction with people who treat you just like anybody else.

    "Also, when somebody has children, you're instantly not the number one priority. Maybe there was a part of me that was seeking that out too. Entering into a serious relationship with somebody who has someone who's a higher priority than you will ever be - I think that's healthy."

    On work and travel

    "I don't know how our life would work if she was in the film industry," he muses. "This past year it would have been a catastrophe. If she was trying to do another job it would've ripped us apart. She has a full-time job just managing the family. When I'm working, for those 12 hours, she's a single parent, usually in an unfamiliar city. Literally, she is the reason why it all works."
  • 14 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Saw Ultimatum on Saturday night. All I can say is OMG, it was amazing!! I can't think of enough adjectives to describe it. I loved every single second.

    The action sequences have set a bar so high I think it I can't see how anyone else can match them.

    But it also worked on an emotional level for me as well. His relationships with Pamela Landy, Nikki and the CIA were beautifully handled. For me as a Londoner the scene at Waterloo Station was the highlight of all the action sequences, absolutely superb, I felt as if I was there. Filming all that with ordinary commuters around them must have been a nightmare but it was so worth it. And I love the shaky camera (I really can't understand why people don't like it).

    Overall Supremacy will always be my favourite, but Ultimatum ends a wonderful series perfectly and I'm looking forward to seeing it again next week.

    So sad that Matt can't do Imperial Life, really disappointed, but I know he will work with Paul in the future.

    I'm surprised he did such a personal inteview for Glamour but I'm glad he did, it's nice to see a happy couple. People knock his wife but I think she's great. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your comments Marcia - less than two weeks until I can see the film now and I can't wait.

    I'm just trusting that the Glamour interview is legit, but the publication seems reputable, and Matt's done interviews with the mag before.

    I hope Matt could do a secondary part in Imperial Life if he can't commit to the lead, but that hasn't come up as an option. Matt has said that Paul will be doing the movie soon with or without him - things may change and he may still end up in the film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Premiere in Berlin

    There will be a live-streaming of the premiere in Berlin at:


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm just melting all over at his comments about Lucy and the family.

    Felicity - did you ever find the YouTube vid of Matt singing the "Bourne" sequels. Apologies if I've missed it somewhere along the line.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 20th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry Maureen, I didn't post it. It's in a short YouTube clip of scenes from a source titled thelondonpaper, including the interviewer insulting Matt about being a boring person (just plain rude).

    I'll link it later, or just do a search under Matt or the Bourne Ultimatum premiere.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2007 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Here's the link:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2007 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Here's the link:

    Thanks Felicity! That snippet was cute - wish there was more of that press conference.

    From: bmcampbe Date: August 21st, 2007 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think she said aesthetically bland and he blends into the crowd so he makes a good assassin. I'm not sure I would call her question rude.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2007 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    There's a longer clip available and a print interview where it's admitted that she insulted Matt. Not a tactful question (and not that Matt cares).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Entertainment Weekly - 24 Aug 07 Issue - BU Comments

    Hi - Just thought I'd pass along ET Weekly's comment about the "Bourne Ultimatum" box office (from last week) ... "If 53% percent seems like a sharp slip. keep in mind that this actioner's two-week gross [ed. which was $131.6 Million] is already well above the $116.3 million cume of star Matt Damon's last outing, the star heavy 'Ocean's Eleven'. In other words: Damon, like Bourne, seems to work best alone." -- Interesting, eh? Would also like to point out the the DVDs for "Bourne Identity" (16th) and "Bourne Supremacy" (14th) have cracked into the top 20 for DVD sales once more. And the "Bourne Files" DVD collection is 10th on the DVD sales list. So, even the "old" Bourne movies continue to make money for Universal. How can they not make a 4th Bourne!! With Matt and Paul and Tony (Gilroy) and the rest of the original cast, of course. Would love them to do a follow up to see what happens to Nicky and "David Webb" - Are they still on the run? Can they be "forgiven" by the rest of the CIA? What are the consequences of having "Jason Bourne's" identity been exposed to the word? I can see others trying to leverage this "identity" to their own ends. Lots of interesting potential stories! -- Thanks again for all the great info! Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2007 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Entertainment Weekly - 24 Aug 07 Issue - BU Comments

    I don't think there's ever been a doubt that Universal wants to make another one, it's the creative team (Paul, Matt, Frank) that doesn't want to. I'm with them - give it ten years and let's see.

    But great to see the previous Bourne movies selling so well - thanks for the update.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Prince concert

    From the Sun:

    MATT DAMON and his Bourne Ultimatum co-star JULIA STILES rocked up at Prince’s London show on Friday. Matt was there with his stepdaughter. Bless. But Julia stole the show by getting on stage to sing Play That Funky Music with the purple one.
    regardez From: regardez Date: August 21st, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow he really is getting more personal in that Glamour interview. Is there a way to read all of it online?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    No. It's not even mentioned on the Glamour UK site.
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