Weekend Box Office: Bullock, Blanchett And The Ladies Brought ‘Ocean’s 8′ To Staggering $41.5M Opening

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Proving that fanboy-centric tentpoles aren’t the only summer box-office jewels, the female-fronted Oceans 8 opened to a series-best $41.5 million from 4,145 theaters to easily place No. 1 in North America.oceans 26783.dng

Overseas, the pic grossed $12.2 million from its first 16 markets, many of them in Latin America, for a global start of $53.7 million.

 

From Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, Ocean’s 8 stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. The movie scored one of the top 10 openings of the year to date, matching the likes of the much more expensive Ready Player One.

 

“The target audience — females — are just so underserved,” says Warners domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein.

 

Women, as well as older moviegoers, fueled the film’s opening. Females made up nearly 70 percent of the audience, while nearly 70 percent of ticket buyers were 25 and older. The audience was also diverse; Caucasians made up 56 percent, followed by Hispanics (17 percent), Asians/other (14 percent) and African-Americans (13 percent), according to Warners.

 

Ocean’s 8 — reviving the franchise after an 11-year absence from the big screen — posted the biggest domestic start of the four films in the series, not accounting for inflation. Ocean’s Thirteen debuted to $36.1 million in 2007, preceded by $39.2 million for Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and $38.1 million in 2001 for Ocean’s Eleven. Adjusted for inflation, those figures rise to $48.1 million, $57.7 million and $61.7 million, respectively.

The $70 million film stars Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who was portrayed by George Clooney in the trio of Ocean’s movies directed by Steven Soderbergh. The story follows the familiar Ocean’s formula, with Debbie getting released from prison and assembling a female-led gang of criminal specialists who plot a diamond heist at the Met Gala.

Weekend Box Office 6/10/18
3-Day Weekend Box Office Estimates – Source: comScore
Weekend Cume Theaters Week
1. Ocean’s 8 $41.5M $41.5M 4,145 1
2. Solo: A Star Wars Story $15.2M $176.1M 4,335 3
3. Deadpool 2 $13.7M $278.7M 3,823 4
4. Hereditary $13M $13M 2,964 1
5. Avengers: Infinity War $6.8M $654.7M 2,882 7
6. Adrift $5.1M $21.7M 3,015 2
7. Book Club $4.2M $56.9M 2,802 4
8. Hotel Artemis $3.2M $3.2M 2,407 1
9. Upgrade $2.2M $9.2M 1,458 2
10. Life of the Party $2.1M $50.3M 1,842 5
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Warner Bros.
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