Ocean’s 8 Pilfers the Prize

Ocean's 8

Just ask the Golden State Warriors: Sometimes it’s better to have a really strong team behind you than trying to win a title … solo.

Ocean’s 8, an ensemble actioner that includes three Oscar winners (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway), toppled Solo: A Star Wars Story for the weekend’s box-office championship. Ocean’s 8, which follows a trifecta of male-centric Ocean’s movies starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, actually outdid the guys at the turnstiles, too: The highest opening for a Clooney-led Ocean’s film (Ocean’s Twelve) was $39.2 million. Early prognostications have Ocean’s 8 landing at a tidy $41.5 million in North America. Just three-and-a-half more weekends like that, and the movie’s makers will technically have enough to buy the heist flick’s fictional, $150-million necklace outright.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Solo slipped to second, banking an underwhelming $15.2 million. Solo has underwhelmed at the box office (collecting just $176.1 million), and for plenty of reasons: a low-energy marketing campaign, an unusual summertime release (and just six months after The Last Jedi), a lack of interest in the story, and plain ol’ Star Wars fatigue have all been identified as potential anchors on Solo. But as Greedo might say, “Tell that to Mickey: He may only take your ship.”

Deadpool 2 finished third, scratching out another $13.7 million or thereabouts. The R-rated superhero apparently wasn’t scared of newcomer Hereditary, but most everyone else was: The deeply disturbing horror flick scared up $13 million—way above expectations—to finish fourth. That makes it the biggest debut in distributor A24’s history, burning The Witch ($8.8 million in 2016, according to Box Office Mojo).

Avengers: Infinity War continued to linger around the top five, collecting another $6.8 million. It’s still the year’s second highest-grossing movie at $654.7 million, trailing fellow Marvel-ite Black Panther ($699.4 million).

Hotel Artemis, the weekend’s third wide release, finished outside the top five. This dystopian R-rated actioner starring Jodie Foster settled into eighth place with less than $3.2 million.

Oh, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the biggest cinematic story overseas: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has already earned $151.1 million internationally. Sure, it’s still two weeks out from its North American debut. But signs point to a big opening: This would-be fossil could be downright colossal.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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