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Bourne Ultimatum passes $200 million internationally
  • A significant milestone has been reached with The Bourne Ultimatum passing $200 million internationally, in addition to its takings in the US of $227 million. Details from Variety. The Bourne Identity made $92 million internationally (worldwide gross $213.9 million), and The Bourne Supremacy made $112 million internationally (worldwide gross $288.5 million) for a combined international gross of approximately $204 million.

    U's "Bourne Ultimatum" generated $3.3 million at 900 -- mostly from its second Japanese frame ($1.5 million) and its Chinese launch ($975,000). The threequel has nearly matched the combined foreign grosses of the previous "Bourne" pics with $202.4 million; it's the ninth pic of 2007 to go past the $200 million mark internationally, joining the third versions of "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Spider-Man" and "Shrek," the fifth "Harry Potter," "Transformers," "The Simpsons Movie," "300" and "Live Free or Die Hard," known overseas as "Die Hard 4.0."

  • Here's a few of the dissenting articles from major papers about Matt's Sexiest Man Alive title, including comments in response from representatives from People: New York Post and the Washington Post.

    "We look at all the men who have created some sort of buzz or have been in front of the mainstream," Julie Jordan, the mag's special correspondent in L.A., explained. She cited the wild success of Damon's "Bourne" flicks -- especially with lady ticket buyers -- and how he's a "family man, completely in love with his wife and children, and with more humility than anyone in Hollywood," blah blah.

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    Also: "There was the campaign that George Clooney and Brad Pitt[both two-time SMA winners] had going since 2001 trying to get him this honor." (Hmpf, so this is some kind of "Ocean's Eleven" hegemony? Who next, Bernie Mac?)

    Jordan acknowledged -- brace yourself -- there's not a lot of science here. "We have our favorites. We look at who the readers want in the magazine. There's a team of editors in New York that whittle it down" over a period of about two months. "But there's always an obvious choice... It's the guy of the moment, the guy of the year."
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    That New York Post article is one of the dumbest I've read in a long time. I assume it was written by a 12 year old girl who thinks The Hills is 'so like totally true to life'.]

    Every woman wants a bad boy until they get one. That usually cures you. After they've slept with all your friends, your sister and maybe even your mother. Stolen your money, knocked you around a bit for asking what time he's coming home, and mooches around the house all day whilst your stuck at work to pay all the bills, and heaven help you if you have kids, because he's the biggest kid of all and will resent any time you spend with them and will be a lousy father too. And no I've never been in this situation but I have known women who have and they've all ended up regretted the choice they made.

    Of course there is always a backlash, but am I expecting too much in getting some kind of intelligent response. Matt obviously doesn't appeal to everyone and sexuality like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this stupid article is just an insult to my intelligence.

    (Deep breathe), I'm OK now. Just wanted to get that off my chest. Thanks for letting me rant (again!) Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    That NY Post article was actually offensive. Did you see this line describing Owen Wilson?

    "Owen Wilson: slit your wrists sexy."

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thankfully no, I didn't get that far. I agree it was a really offensive and ignorant article on many levels for me. 'Slit your wrists sexy', what does that even mean? Were they high when they wrote this?

    Maybe the writer should visit a few shelters for battered women and children, it might give them a less glowing view of 'bad boys'. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    On the obvious level of meaning: Owen was the actor who cut his wrists recently in a suicide attempt. Not so hilarious.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    Wow! I completely missed that, it's horrible. Did I miss something? When did attempted suicide become something to joke about? That just makes this whole article even sicker. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Who hires these writers? What a sick and ignorant human being! Some people have no shame.

    I have heard a few rude comments on Matt being picked for this title but this one takes the cake so far. That comment about owen wilson is one of the sickest things i have ever read.

    Anyways, thank you for all of your hard work that you put into this site. I am going to be celebrating Thanksgiving on thursday and one of the many things that i am thankful for is the matt damon news column.

    Have a good one,
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 20th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    Awww. Thanks Jess.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 19th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think these articles show why Matt was reluctant to accept. Anyway, I really don't care about the opinion of such shallow people.

    Marcia you really made me laugh! It's so true......LOL

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    Give the public some credit. They admire someone who is beautiful on the inside and out. Most are not shallow. I think Matt has grown as an actor.
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