Ocean's 8 has franchise best $41.5 million opening

Danny Woods
June 12, 2018

I should add though that Ocean's 8 isn't exactly setting the world on fire critically, now clocking in at a middling 68% on the Tomatometer and being described as an "underwritten", "slapdash" and "undemanding", hardly language that's going to make me rush out to cinemas.

The women of "Ocean's 8" proved this weekend that they know how to steal the show - and much more - as the new heist flick took in an estimated $41.6 million in North American theaters.

Though the "Ocean's" trilogy, which came out from 2001-07, posted higher openings if inflation is taken into account, "Ocean's 8" has the best raw launch in the franchise. The first female-driven installment in the saga featured a star-heavy cast led by Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna, who are taking over for George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The film has received mostly positive reviews.

In second place, Disney's "Solo: A Star Wars Story", now in its third week, added $15.1 million in ticket sales for a cumulative $176.1 million.

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Rounding out the top 10 is Adrift ($5 million), Book Club ($4.2 million), Hotel Artemis ($3.1 million), Upgrade ($2.2 million) and Life of the Party ($2.1 million).

With a 94 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, "Hereditary" is the latest A24 horror film to earn critical acclaim for its cerebral approach to the genre. That doubles industry forecasts and marks the biggest opening weekend ever for for the indie studio. Written and directed by Ari Aster the film stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. Its decent opening came in spite of an R-rating and a D+ audience rating from CinemaScore.

The action thriller "Hotel Artemis" from Global Road opened with revenue of $3.15 million, ahead of the $2.5 million seen by Box Office Pro. The film stars Jodie Foster as a nurse who runs a hospital for criminals in a futuristic version of Los Angeles. The cast also includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, and Brian Tyree Henry. "Hereditary" is riding rave reviews from critics, although audiences don't seem quite as sold.

Coming between more massive blockbusters like the recent "Solo" and the upcoming "Incredibles 2" and "Jurassic World", the weekend was down about 20 percent from a year ago, according to comScore, when "Wonder Woman" was setting box-office records.

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