The amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne is back, and this time he clobbered Homer Simpson.
"The Bourne Ultimatum," the third movie in the espionage action series starring Matt Damon as a one-time CIA hit man searching for his past, grossed $70.2 million its opening weekend to rank as North America's top film at the box office, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
That tally marks the biggest first weekend ever for a movie in the month of August, surpassing the $67.4 million opening posted by "Rush Hour 2" the same weekend in 2001, according to "Bourne" distributor Universal Pictures.
The latest "Bourne" total also far exceeded the debut ticket sales generated by the first two films in the franchise.
By comparison, "The Bourne Identity" opened at No. 2 with $27.1 million in June 2002, and the "The Bourne Supremacy" landed at No. 1 in July 2004 with $52.5 million.
Those two films went on to gross nearly $485 million worldwide combined.
Last week's domestic box office champion, "The Simpsons Movie," a feature-length version of the long-running TV cartoon, slipped to second place in its second weekend with $25.6 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales.
Despite its 65 percent dropoff from week to week, "The Simpsons," from 20th Century Fox, has now racked up about $128.6 million domestically.
Universal Pictures is a division of NBC Universal, which is controlled by CNBC parent General Electric, while News Corp. owns 20th Century Fox.