Jason Bourne is a box office hit as Matt Damon returns after 10 years

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Matt Damon has made a triumphant return as super spy Jason Bourne after a nearly 10-year hiatus.

The Paul Greengrass-directed sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum raked in a healthy $60 million (£45.5 million) on its opening weekend in the US, according to studio estimates.

Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso, pictured at the European premiere in Leicester Square, have four daughters (Ian West/PA)
Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso, pictured at the European premiere of Jason Bourne in Leicester Square (Ian West/PA)

Not adjusted for inflation, it's the second highest opening of the series, behind The Bourne Ultimatum's $69.3 million (£52.6 million) debut in 2007 -- the last time Matt appeared in the starring role.

"In the exit polls, the No 1 reason for people checking it out was the previous films," said Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution. "Audiences were ready for it and satisfied."

Matt Damon and Julia Stiles as Jason Bourne and Nicky Parsons
Matt Damon and Julia Stiles as Jason Bourne and Nicky Parsons (Universal)

According to exit data, audiences were 55% male, and 60% were over the age of 35.

The film opened on July 11 in the UK.