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Bourne box office, Amsterdam video
  • Bourne Ultimatum continues to perform very well in the US and abroad:

    Rising one spot to second place was Matt Damon's latest assassin flick The Bourne Ultimatum which slipped only 38% to an estimated $12.4M. It was the fourth best fourth-weekend gross of any summer film this year after the threequel triumvirate of Shrek the Third ($15.3M), Spider-Man 3 ($14.3M), and Pirates ($12.4M).

    With $185.1M in the bank for Universal, Bourne has now outgrossed every James Bond film domestically (in nominal dollar terms), both previous Bourne films, and two of the three Mission: Impossible pics. Ultimatum is still on track to hit the $200M mark by the end of Labor Day weekend and will give a serious challenge to this decade's top action films that are not driven by special effects - Rush Hour 2 ($226.2M in 2001) and Mission: Impossible 2 ($215.4M in 2000).

    Jason Bourne shot to the top slot overseas, with "The Bourne Ultimatum" leading a cooling foreign box office with $14.4 million at 2,100 playdates in 25 markets.

    "Ultimatum" posted by far the top per-location average, at $6,866, and is outperforming the previous "Bourne" pics in reaching $55 million overseas in the early stage of its offshore run.

    "Ultimatum" has 30 more markets to launch and should easily surpass the $112 million "Supremacy" foreign cume. It opens next weekend in Australia.

  • Video of an injured Matt and family taking a canal boat ride in Amsterdam on 23 August is here.

  • Another report late last week on Matt's neck injury from Us Magazine.

    Earlier this week, Damon, 36, pinched a nerve in his neck while feeding and holding his daughter as she slept.

    "My 14-month old daughter Isabella did me in -- something no killer can," he joked to the German newspaper Bild.

    Damon soldiered on through the Berlin premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum on Tuesday night, signing numerous autographs for fans who had waited to see him, and posing for many who wanted to take photographs of themselves with their hero.

    But he was a no-show at the party afterwards, citing pain from his pinched nerve for his absence. He was sporting at least four tiny gold needles in his ear where an acupuncturist had tried to reduce his pain.

    When Damon left Berlin on Wednesday afternoon, he was reportedly wearing a neck brace.

  • An Australian interview on the junket experience, leading to a brief interview with Matt, is here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    A pinched nerve in the neck really hurts. It will not only feel like somebody put an axe in his neck but he'll have terrible headaches. I feel sorry for him. Amazing that he was able to smile through all that pain.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    He survived two long full press days and two premieres, where he stayed out for about an hour each time signing autographs and taking photos. Pretty amazing effort. And then a very long flight to LA, where he's doing the Simpsons voice-over this week, before going back to Bourne promotion.

    He's been promoting this movie for longer than some movies take to shoot an entire film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I concur. Not only do you get headaches the pain can travel down your arm - as I think Matt may have said in a German interview I saw. I am amazed Matt managed to carry on, because pain in your neck can completely take over and it's difficult to concentrate on anything (I've had a pinched nerve in my neck too)! Thanks again for all the stories and clips! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Poor matt. I am sure that a lot of other celebrities would have skipped the autographs but he is a trooper and good to his fans. It's good to see Ultimatum still doing well. Thanks for the news -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Bless Matt, but yeah i agree he is good to his fans and a trooper - proud of him. Like said other celebs would have skipped that. And yeah glad to see Bourne Ultimatum doing so well, Amazing film that was. Loved it!!

    Thanks for everything.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)


    A denial of all the current pregnancy rumors at the Boston Herald:


    That Matt Damon and his bride, Luciana, are NOT preggers with their second child. According to pals of the couple, Mrs. D. isn’t hiding a baby bump. "Just because (daughter) Isabella is 1 people seem to think it's time for them to have another one," said our spy. "But they aren't."
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: August 28th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think it's ridiculous for people to think that Lucy and Matt are pregnant again. Did they ever think that they want to enjoy Isabella as a baby before they have another one? Hollywood is just too baby-crazy. And as slender as Lucy is in these later pictures, I don't know where they're getting this "baby bump" from.

    In that Amsterdam footage, Matt wasn't kidding about the trams. It's a good thing they're electric.

    Does anyone know who John Stockwell is? He's an actor/director of some repute. That guy that took the picture of him and Matt looks just like Stockwell.

    If Matt has a pinched nerve in his neck, wouldn't the acupuncture needles better serve there than in his earlobe?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I believe acupuncture is about pressure points - which are not necessarily in the same place as the pain. Jan
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: August 29th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: acupuncture

    I guess that's why in the end he had to resort to a cervical collar.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)


    The first official still of Matt in 'Youth without youth' (and probably the only one) is at EW.

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