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.
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Not all weekend openers were as fortunate.
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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.