‘Ocean’s 8’ steals big lead at box office

Source:AFP Published: 2018/6/11 18:03:39

Cate Blanchett Photo: IC

The women of Ocean's 8 proved this weekend that they know how to steal the show - and much more - as the new heist flick took in an estimated $41.5 million in North American theaters.

With an all-star cast led by the ever-popular Sandra Bullock and supported by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna, the Warner Bros film was Hollywood's latest experiment - after Ghostbusters - in replacing an all-male cast with female stars.

The film stars Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (originally played by George Clooney), as she assembles a gang of talented women to plan a seemingly impossible diamond heist from a glamorous gala in New York.

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. The Disney film took in $15.2 million, roughly half its previous weekend's total.

Third spot went to Deadpool 2 from 20th Century Fox, at $13.7 million. This latest in Marvel's X-Men series stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Its worldwide ticket sales have surpassed $650 million.

In fourth was a new film, Hereditary, at $13 million the best opening ever for the A24 production company. The horror film, about a family haunted after its matriarch dies, stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne. Its decent opening came in spite of an R-rating and less-than-glowing reviews.

In fifth was Disney/Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, at $6.8 million. With a cast including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, the extravaganza has now taken in $1.998 billion worldwide.

Also of note: Focus Features' tender documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor, about the life of Mister Rogers host Fred Rogers, took in $470,000 as it opened on just 29 screens (a better per-screen average than any other top-25 film). It has a remarkable 99 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Adrift ($5.1 million)

Book Club ($4.2 million)

Hotel Artemis ($3.2 million)

Upgrade ($2.2 million)

Life of the Party ($2.1 million)


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