Ocean's 8 was the clear winner at the box office this weekend, setting a new all-time high for the franchise in the process. Back in 2001, Steven Soderbergh remade the heist film Ocean's Eleven, and it ended up spawning one of the more successful film trilogies of the 21st century. The three installments collectively grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, which made a continuation of the series a relatively safe bet. For this spinoff, director Gary Ross assembled an A-list ensemble of actresses, led by Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean's sister, Debbie.
With Ocean's 8 boasting a star-studded cast and relatively positive reviews, it seemed like a foregone conclusion it would win its debut weekend (especially with Solo: A Star Wars Story floundering). The only question was how high would it go. Early projections had a haul in the range of $30-36 million, but more recent estimates were higher. Fortunately for Warner Bros., they had a very fruitful three days.
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Per Box Office Mojo, Ocean's 8 grossed $41.5 million over the weekend. Unadjusted for inflation, this is the best start for a modern Ocean's film, topping the previous record of $39.1 million from 2004's Ocean's Twelve. Worldwide, Ocean's 8 has made $53.7 million, meaning it still has a ways to go before reaching its break even point (production budget was $70 million). It'll be interesting to see how strong the heist flick's legs are, seeing that it's going to face stiff competition in the form of Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in the next few weeks. It still has yet to open in most parts of the world, so expect is global total to rise.
This weekend's other notable wide release, horror film Hereditary, came in fourth with $13 million. Though the title earned widespread critical acclaim, general audiences didn't seem too impressed by what they saw, as evidenced by its low D+ CinemaScore. That word of mouth (plus the fact it's an indie title from A24) might have had something to do with its performance over the weekend. On Friday, Hereditary came in second on the daily charts, but business declined as the weekend went on. Fortunately for A24, the film was budgeted at just $10 million, so it should turn a small profit when it's all said and done.
Of the holdovers, Solo: A Star Wars Story led the pack, finishing in second place with $15.1 million. The anthology film obviously did not land the way Lucasfilm envisioned, as its domestic total currently stands at just $176.1 million. There was a point in time people thought it would make that much in its first four days, but it instead took three weekends to hit that mark. Elsewhere in the top five, Deadpool 2 came in third with $13.6 million, and Avengers: Infinity War grossed $6.8 million in its seventh weekend.
Source: Box Office Mojo
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