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Ocean's 8 Breaks the Bank

Female-led heist flick wins weekend box office
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2018 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) Ocean's 8, the female-fronted overhaul of the starry "Ocean's" heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling Solo: A Star Wars Story, the AP reports. At a lower price point and in a less fanboy-guarded franchise, Ocean's 8—despite ho-hum reviews—found nothing like the stormy reception than the female-led Ghostbusters reboot did on the same weekend two years ago. Made for approximately $70 million, Ocean's 8 and its cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway, set an opening-weekend best for the franchise, not accounting for inflation.

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The three previous "Ocean's" films—starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon, and based on the 1960 original Ocean's 11 with Frank Sinatra—all debuted with between $36-39 million in the last decade. In fact, the weekend's three new wide releases were all female fronted. The horror thriller Hereditary, starring Toni Collette, debuted with $13 million, setting a new company record for A24, the indie distributor behind releases like The Witch and Moonlight. Less successful was Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster. The Global Road release flopped with $3.2 million in 2,407 theaters. The weekend's top five after Ocean's 8 are Solo ($15.2 million), Deadpool 2 ($13.8 million), Hereditary ($13 million), and Avengers: Infinity War ($6.9 million), Variety reports.

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