This weekend's box office was heisted from right under our noses by Gary Ross' Ocean's 8. The all-female reboot of the Steven Sodenbergh franchise took in $15.8 million during its Friday debut and is expected to bring in $30 to $44 million by the end of the weekend, writes Variety. The Hollywood Reporter expects a more modest total of around $41 million. Ocean's 8 is only the second non-genre film to dominate the 2018 box office, following in the footsteps of Fifty Shades Freed, which briefly held the top spot during its February release.
The competition up until now, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Black Panther, A Quiet Place, Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has been pretty fierce. Following Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the previously incarcerated sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean, Ocean's 8 revolves around a group of women who plan to rob the Met Gala in New York City.
Bullock is joined by an all-star cast of Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Armitage, and James Corden. Director Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games) co-wrote the movie's script with Olivia Milch.
Even with the Ocean family resurgence, the current slate of genre movies aren't too far behind at the box office. Solo: A Star Wars Story, having struggled to bring in the dough since its theatrical release three weeks ago, will most likely nab second place with $14 million. Following close behind are Deadpool 2 ($12.75 million) and the latest horror flavor of the month, Hereditary ($12 million).
And, of course, Avengers: Infinity War will take fifth place with $6 million, which doesn't seem like a lot, but the epic crossover film from Marvel Studios passed $1 billion some time ago. Any income at this point is just icing on the Infinity Gauntlet cake. In sixth (and last) place is Hotel Artemis, with an estimated $3.24 million on its opening weekend. This isn't terrible for an indie film, but given its impressive cast (Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista), it's unfortunate to see such a small debut. Such an outcome will most likely dash any hopes writer/director Drew Pierce has for a prequel.