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OTRC: 'The Bourne Legacy' tops 'The Dark Knight Rises' at weekend box office

Jeremy Renner appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'The Bourne Legacy.' (Universal Pictures)

"The Bourne Legacy" managed to accomplish what many films have failed to do in the past three weeks -- unseat "The Dark Knight Rises" from the top spot.

The action film starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton earned an estimated $40.3 million in its debut weekend to land in the top spot at the box office, according to The Associated Press.

"The Bourne Legacy" is the fourth film in the franchise and a spin-off of sorts since the original franchise character, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is not in the film but is referenced.

Instead, the movie focuses on Aaron Cross (Renner), an agent pursued by Bourne's old spy masters who try kill members of the black ops spy program he belonged to in a cover-up conspiracy.

Although "The Bourne Legacy" has a strong debut, the wire service notes the film came in well behind the $69.3 million debut of 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum."

In second place for the weekend is the political comedy "The Campaign" with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The movie opened at No. 2 with $27.4 million.

In the movie, after long-term congressman Brady (Ferrell) suffers a public scandal, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust him by putting up naive Marty Huggins (played by Galifianakis), who is the director of the local Tourism Center, as an opposing candidate.

"The Dark Knight Rises" spent three weeks at the top of the box office but fell to third place for this past weekend with $19.5 million. The movie's domestic three-week total now stands at an estimated $390.1 million.

The film will likely cross the $400 million mark domestically and will become the second film in Warner Bros. history to do so. The first was the franchise's 2008 sequel "The Dark Knight," which went on to earn $533.3 million domestically.

"Hope Springs," the other new release out this week, opened in fourth place with $15.6 million. In the movie, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star as a married couple who seek therapy and go on a weeklong retreat to try to get the spark back in their marriage.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," finished in fifth place for the weekend with $8.2 million.

Watch trailers for "The Campaign," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Bourne Legacy" below.

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