‘Ocean’s 8’ swipes box office crown with $41.5 million opening

12 June, 2018, 16:29 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Ocean's 8 gets away with US$41.5m opening

We already knew the "Ocean's 8" cast was full of incredible women, but the fact that they're actually as fantastic in real life as they are in our minds makes it even better.

"Ocean's 8" stars Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna attend the movie's world premiere in NY.

I should add though that Ocean's 8 isn't exactly setting the world on fire critically, now clocking in at a middling 68% on the Tomatometer and being described as an "underwritten", "slapdash" and "undemanding", hardly language that's going to make me rush out to cinemas.

Warner Bros.' Ocean's 8 had no trouble fending off the competition this weekend, debuting atop the box office with $41.5 million.

"My career has been a domino effect of people who said, 'I would like this person to fill this role, '" the Ocean's 8 star said.

It earned a B+ rating on CinemaScore and a 67 percent "fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

And even though the film was started long before the Harvey Weinstein affair, its creators and cast have nonetheless considered questions about Hollywood's attitude toward women. 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).


This image released by A24 shows Toni Collette in a scene from Hereditary. Audiences appear to disagree - the horror film now has a D+ CinemaScore and 64% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while its critical rating is 94% Fresh.

This weekend's other newcomer, the Global Road action thriller Hotel Artemis, arrives with about $3.2 million from 2,407 theaters, good for the No. 8 spot.

Set in a dystopian, future Los Angeles, the film features Jodie Foster as the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

"Ocean's 8" is out today in wide release.

Rounding out the top five, Disney's "Avengers: Infinity War", now in its seventh weekend, added $6.8 million for a cumulative $654.7 million. The film carries a $10 million budget. The film now has a B+ CinemaScore and 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Overall, the year to date box office is ahead 4.3 per cent, according to comScore.

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