|1.||“Ocean’s 8”||Warner Bros||$41,500,000|
|2.||“Solo: A Star Wars Story”||Buena Vista||$15,154,000|
|5.||“Avengers: Infinity War”||Buena Vista||$6,836,000|
|8.||“Hotel Artemis”||Global Road||$3,151,118|
|10.||“Life of the Party”||Warner Bros/New Line||$2,105,000|
The heist film, a spin-off of the George Clooney-led franchise, scored big with $41 million in its opening weekend. The victory should come as little surprise when anticipation for this film and its stars has been building for several weeks. “Ocean’s 8” is technically the biggest opening for any of the “Ocean’s” films, although that is not adjusted for inflation. “Ocean’s 11” debuted in December of 2001. In 2001 dollars, the film earned $38M in its opening weekend.
After two weeks on top, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” moves down to second place with $15M. The latest adventure in the galaxy far, far away has grossed $176M domestic and $312M worldwide. It is still the lowest grossing film in the franchise, but is hardly the disaster some would try to proclaim it to be.
“Deadpool 2” continues its march, adding $13.6M in domestic ticket sales. The X-Men trainee has grossed $278M in the US and $655M worldwide, putting it about $130M behind its predecessor.
Newcomer “Hereditary” opens just a bit behind in fourth place with $13M. It is the highest grossing film so far to come from Sundance 2018. And it is the highest opening for any film from A24. Of course, most of their films start in limited release, but this could mark a change in pattern for the still-young distributor.
“Avengers: Infinity War” completes the top five, moving down one spot with $6.8M. The latest “Avengers” movie is at about $654M in the US, and is just dollars away from crossing the $2 Billion mark worldwide. It will become only the fourth film ever to do so.
The rest of the top five is mostly last week’s list, just in slightly different order. Shailene Woodley’s “Adrift” drops from third to sixth with $5M. “Book Club” also moves down two places to seventh with $4.2M.
Newcomer “Hotel Artemis” debuts in eighth with $3.1M. The production budget hasn’t been confirmed on this futuristic tale, but it isn’t a bad start for Global Road. This is only the distributor’s third film to hit theaters, and all three have been released this year.
Another futuristic sci fi tale, “Upgrade” added $2.2M to its total. The film has grossed $9.2M so far, making it the third highest for fledgling company BH Tilt. And Melissa McCarthy’s comedy, “Life of the Party” finishes the top ten this week with $2.1M. The film has earned $58M worldwide.
This week’s releases include “Superfly” on Wednesday, with “Incredibles 2” and “Tag” opening on Friday.