'Ocean's 8' scores a franchise best to win the weekend box office

Sergio Cunningham
June 11, 2018

Ocean's 8 pulled quite the heist at the box office this weekend, earning the biggest opening yet for the Ocean's franchise with $41.5 million.

Now look, I'm not suggesting that Ocean's 8 is almost as putrid as American Pie Presents: Band Camp- it's an absolutely good-enough piece of summer fluff, and it's probably some sort of blasphemy to invoke a title like that anywhere near the vicinity of a cast like this.

Sandra Bullock is gearing up for the release of "Ocean's 8", which sees some of the leading female stars of Hollywood come together to tell what looks to be another brilliant heist story.

Not all weekend openers were as fortunate.

So what did "Ocean's 8" do right?

Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story is brought in another $15.2 million at the domestic box office and another $11.3 million internationally. The film stars Jodie Foster as a nurse who runs a hospital for criminals in a futuristic version of Los Angeles.

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Tina Fey is a superstar and she wrote a snappy, smart script for " Mean Girls ", a musical based on her popular 2004 movie. Later, Springsteen performed " My Hometown " on the piano from his sold-out one-man show, " Springsteen on Broadway ".

It's a shame. Ocean's 8 isn't offensively bad, and there are long stretches that basically work.

In third is "Deadpool 2" $13.8 million in its fourth frame.

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War brought in an additional $6.8 million domestically, putting its United States total at $654.7 million (still sitting behind Black Panther by $45 million). Internationally the film brought in an additional $12.2 million in 16 markets, bringing its worldwide total to $53.7 million.

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).

The last major opening by an all-female reboot of a franchise was Sony's "Ghostbusters" in 2016. The sci-fi comedy - starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones - struggled to sustain momentum at the box office and tapered off to $128 million in North America. It was a disappointing return for a movie that had a production budget of $144 million. The Focus Features release grossed $470,000 in 29 theaters for a per-theater average of about $16,000. The film was panned by audiences receiving a 52% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

"There's a lot of women-powered revenue at the box office in the heat of the summer season", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

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