‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with franchise-best $41.5M to top weekend


The opening weekend also managed to be the best in Ocean's franchise history, beating the debuts of 2001's Ocean's Eleven ($38.1 million), 2004's Ocean's Twelve ($39.1 million) and 2007's Ocean's Thirteen ($36.1 million).

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"The 31-years old was reported to have made a cameo appearance in Ocean's 8" movie but her latest tweet suggests that she was not sure the scene would make it to the film.

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Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story is vying for the second place.

In fourth was a new film, "Hereditary", at US$13 million the best opening ever for the A24 production company.

Though audiences gave the notoriously scary film a D-plus CinemaScore, it set a company record for boutique distributor A24 with a $13million debut.

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"Hereditary" got a thumbs up from 93 percent of critics and generated sales of $13 million, beating the $9.6 million projected by Box Office Pro. Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown star in the action thriller set in the near future. That's below the indefatigable "Avengers: Infinity War" at No. 5 with another $6.8 million (putting it *thisclose* to $2 billion), last week's debut "Adrift" at No. 6 with $5.05 million, and "Book Club" still in the game with $4.2 million at No. 7. Internationally the film brought in an additional $12.2 million in 16 markets, bringing its worldwide total to $53.7 million. Ryan Reynold's antihero film has pocketed US$278.9 million in North America and US$376 million internationally, including an US$18 million overseas haul this weekend.

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

Well, fair enough. I don't blame Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon or Leslie Jones for Ghostbusters sucking. Ghostbusters had an at least $144 million budget after alleged tax incentives, as well as a large marketing budget.

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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 US$470,000 on 29 screens. It has a 99% Fresh 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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