"The Dark Knight Rises" has finally been ousted from the top seat at the box office, thanks to "The Bourne Legacy," which brought in $40.3 million its opening weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Bourne Legacy" didn't quite reach the $45 million mark it was on track for after its Friday box office performance, but it did boast an accomplishment in its opening weekend: Despite the lack of Matt Damon, a new frontman -- Jeremy Renner -- carried this fourth "Bourne" film to the top spot. "The Bourne Legacy," directed by Tony Gilroy, not only proves that the franchise can survive without Damon, but that Renner can successfully carry the leading man role.

"If I'd been approached and asked to play Jason Bourne, it would have been a really easy 'no'. But this movie wasn't about filling Matt Damon's shoes," Renner told The Guardian. "It was a brand new canvas, and a brand new story. So the only pressure was to be able to perform in the style and physicality and ferocity of the action that had been established in the first three films."

Damon told HuffPost Entertainment that he just couldn't stick around for another "Bourne" installment. "The amount of stress that we were under and it was just nonstop for nine months -- in a kind of semi-panic. It was just a s----- feeling," he said. "[Dir. Paul Greengrass] turned to me on day 100 of the last Bourne movie we did ... and he just finally shook his head and he said, 'This just isn't fun.' And it wasn't."

Besides "The Bourne Legacy," it was a strong opening weekend at the box office for two other new films: "The Campaign" and "Hope Springs." "The Campaign," Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis' spoof on politics, debuted with $27.4 million, while Meryl Streep's latest "Hope Springs" opened with $20.1 million in its five-day debut weekend, THR reported.

"The Dark Knight Rises" fell behind "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Campaign" after taking the No. 1 spot for three weeks in a row. The film grossed grossed $19.5 million in its fourth weekend.

For more on "The Bourne Legacy's" opening weekend at the box office. click over to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Universal Pictures Presents The World Premiere of THE BOURNE LEGACY

  • Universal Pictures Presents The World Premiere of THE BOURNE LEGACY

    This July 30, 2012 released by Starpix shows actors Jeremy Renner, left, Rachel Weisz and writer-director Tony Gilroy at the world premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. The film, starring Renner, Weisz and Edward Norton, opens nationwide on Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

  • Universal Pictures Presents The World Premiere of THE BOURNE LEGACY

    This July 30, 2012 released by Starpix shows actors Jeremy Renner, left, and Rachel Weisz at the world premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. The film, starring Renner, Weisz and Edward Norton, opens nationwide on Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

  • Universal Pictures Presents The World Premiere of THE BOURNE LEGACY

    This July 30, 2012 released by Starpix shows actor Jeremy Renner signing autographs at the world premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. The film, starring Renner, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz, opens nationwide on Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

  • Jeremy Renner

    Actor Jeremy Renner attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Rachel Weisz

    Actress Rachel Weisz attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Rachel Weisz

    Actress Rachel Weisz attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Rachel Weisz

    Actress Rachel Weisz attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Rene Russo

    Actress Rene Russo attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Stacy Keach

    Actor Stacy Keach attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Edward Norton

    Actor Edward Norton attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Tony Gilroy, Susan Gilroy

    Writer and director Tony Gilroy and wife Susan attend the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Rachel Weisz

    Actress Rachel Weisz attends the world premiere of "The Bourne Legacy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday July 30, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • "The Bourne Legacy" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Actor Stacy Keach (2nd R), Malgosia Tomassi (2nd L) and family attend 'The Bourne Legacy' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on July 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

  • "The Bourne Legacy" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Louis Ozawa Changchien attends 'The Bourne Legacy' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on July 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

  • "The Bourne Legacy" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley attend 'The Bourne Legacy' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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