Ocean’s 8 has best US weekend opening of the franchise

New York — Ocean’s 8, the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5m at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from the fast-falling Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The female lead movie, with 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.

The movie which was budgeted at $70m, Ocean’s 8 and its cast had a blockbuster cast of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, the movie set an opening-weekend best for the franchise, which did not include inflation. The three previous Ocean’s films which starred all male cast of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, and based on the 1960 original Ocean’s 11, with Frank Sinatra,  all debuted between $36-39m in the last decade.

Ocean’s 8 largely drew a female audience, with 69% of the moviegoers were female, as the numbers surprised forcast.

Warner Bros distribution chief  “Jeff Goldstein said, “We thought we’d come in the $35-40 (million) range,”

“Number one, it’s fun. Number two, it hits an under-served audience. Unfortunately, there is just a lack of stories that are aimed right at women.”

Photo Credit- Moviefone

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