Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Ocean's 8 has franchise best $41.5 million opening

Ocean's 8 has franchise best $41.5 million opening

Warner Bros'. female-led heist movie is on track to debut with about $41.5 million in ticket sales from 4,145 theaters in the USA and Canada this weekend, easily dethroning two-time box office champ Solo: A Star Wars Story and holding off fellow newcomers Hereditary and Hotel Artemis. While Sandra Bullock told her, 'Looking good, mama!' and Cate Blanchett said 'Nice jeans, Hathaway!', the best compliment came from Rihanna.

Sandra Bullock, with co-star Cate Blanchett, at a promo appearance for Ocean's 8 last month.

Not all weekend openers were as fortunate.

20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2 sliced its way to third place with an additional $13.65 million domestically, bringing its stateside total to $278.6 million; the movie still sits behind its predecessor by about $65 million.

When it additionally opens the summer after the #MeToo movement, as opposed to the summer before Harvey Weinstein's outing as a monster and "locker room talk" politics, Ocean's 8 was able to rise above erroneous critiques and be its own successful thing.

Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story is vying for the second place. Set in a near-future Los Angeles, "Hotel Artemis" is about a members-only hospital for criminals.

Meanwhile, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is already devouring prey at the global box office, which is a good way to get itself early headlines. Internationally, the Han Solo origin story brought in an additional US$11.3 million.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" began its worldwide rollout in 48 overseas markets with an estimated $151.1 million, said Universal Pictures.

In fifth was Disney/Marvel blockbuster "Avengers: Infinity War", at US$6.8 million.

Two years ago, Sony's all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" launched with $46 million.

If you remember, Ghostbusters was also an all-female reboot that starred Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones.

Warner Bros. spent $70 million on the production, and millions more marketing the picture.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 4.3 percent year-to-date.

Opening this weekend was another documentary that may prove a similar sensation: the Fred Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor".

In limited release, Focus Features' "Won't You Be My Neighbor" launched with $470,000 on 29 screens.

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