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Bourne bumps Batman from No 1 spot

The Dark Knight Rises has finally fallen out of first place at the US weekend box office - to be replaced by action flick The Bourne Legacy.

The latest Bourne tale, starring Jeremy Renner, took over as the number one movie with a 40.3 million dollar debut, according to studio estimates.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis' political comedy The Campaign opened at number two with 27.4 million dollars.

The new movies pushed The Dark Knight Rises down to third place with 19.5 million dollars, raising the superhero blockbuster's three-week domestic total to 390.1 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones' marital comic drama Hope Springs, opened at number four with 15.6 million dollars.

The Dark Knight Rises had been the number one US movie for three-straight weekends since debuting amid tragedy as a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 at a midnight screening of the film on opening day in Colorado.

Universal's The Bourne Legacy casts Renner and Rachel Weisz in an offshoot of the three hits that starred Matt Damon as unstoppable operative Jason Bourne. Renner plays an agent pursued by Bourne's old spy masters after they try to snuff out the espionage programme in a cover-up conspiracy.

The Bourne Legacy came in well behind the 69.3 million dollar debut of Damon's last entry in the series, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. But the new film had a strong start and establishes Renner as a sturdy frontman to keep the franchise running.

"I love the fact that we were able to reboot this and do as well as we were able to. It leaves it open for us to think about it going forward," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's head of distribution. "We are very much into what it's going to look like the next time."

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