"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."
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.
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?
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."