Ocean's 8 gets away with US$41.5m opening, Latest Movies News

Lifestyle       by Ramsha Soofi | Published

Lifestyle by Ramsha Soofi | Published

Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures' gender-bending heist film Ocean's 8 opened to 41.5 million dollars from 4,145 locations - a series best for the Ocean's franchise. Its global intake has hit $53.7 million, thanks to another $12.2 million in sales overseas.

Women and older moviegoers bolstered box office numbers.

After the success of Wonder Woman and this weekend's Ocean's 8 bombshell, it's clear people want female-led, female-centric films. (This is, after all, the series in which Julia Roberts once played both her character and herself.) She has a tiny moment of ecstasy, when first trying on the necklace at the heist's center, that's so simultaneously amusing and sexy, you'll wish she'd been born early enough to do a couple dozen screwball comedies. And I'm sorry, it's impossible to set the climax of a heist movie in the Met without making your audience think of that wonderful Thomas Crown Affairremake.

The spinoff marks over a decade since Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon graced the big screen. 2007's Ocean's Thirteen fell below its predecessors, ringing up $36 million during its first weekend in release. Adjusted for inflation, that range climbs to US$48 million and US$61 million.

Sandra Bullock is leading an all-star cast in Ocean's 8, but she took a moment to address the unfairness she saw in the reactions to the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Recently released after five years in prison in the custody of a parole officer who never writes, never calls and is never seen, she's newly dedicated to a fresh life of crime. Its worldwide ticket sales have surpassed $650 million.

Toni Collette's "Hereditary" also got a box office boost. It's predicted to have a $14 million opening. The feature-film directing debut of Ari Aster, "Hereditary" has received rave reviews and been hailed as the year's scariest movie since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

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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Not all weekend openers were as fortunate.

"Ocean's 8" is in theaters now.

In second place in the three-day weekend was last weekend's leader, "Solo: A Star Wars Story", starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling space pilot.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story", $15.2 million.

Third spot went to "Deadpool 2" from 20th Century Fox, at $13.7 million.

Well, fair enough. I don't blame Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon or Leslie Jones for Ghostbusters sucking.

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