'Ocean's 8' opens with franchise-best USD 41.5M to top weekend


"Ocean's 8", which features a cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Cambridge native Mindy Kaling, and which opens in Boston on Thursday, includes cameos from other "Ocean's" stars.

But "Ocean's 8" does away with testosterone, darkness and dramatic tension - elements synonymous with the crime genre and prominent in the first three "Ocean's" films.

In second place in the three-day weekend was last weekend's leader, "Solo: A Star Wars Story", starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling space pilot. Hereditary marks A24's best opening weekend in history, outpacing 2015's The Witch's 8.8 million dollar bow.

Though audiences gave the notoriously scary film a D-plus CinemaScore, it set a company record for boutique distributor A24 with a $13million debut.

Toni Collette's "Hereditary" also got a box office boost. Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown star in the action thriller set in the near future.

The third new release of the weekend was unfortunately unable to drum up much interest, as the Drew Pearce written and directed film Hotel Artemis opened it's doors to a resounding shrug. With hefty production costs and expensive marketing, the remake cost Sony around $50 million. It's a solid-looking film that's performing decently with critics, and as of this writing, it has a 72% on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

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Magnolia Pictures' Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc, "RBG", continues to perform well, adding $700,000 in its sixth weekend, for a North American cumulative of $9.1 million.

Meanwhile, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is already devouring prey at the worldwide box office, which is a good way to get itself early headlines. How exactly did these films perform, and what happened to the hold-overs from weeks past including the deeply troubled Solo: A Star Wars Story? The Incredibles 2 is projected to open in roughly 4,200 theaters, while Warner Bros.' Tag is expected to open in 3,300 theaters while the foreign sequel Race 3 from Yash Raj is also expected to open wide.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom", $151.1 million.

20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2 sliced its way to third place with an additional $13.65 million domestically, bringing its stateside total to $278.6 million; the movie still sits behind its predecessor by about $65 million.

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War brought in an additional $6.8 million domestically, putting its U.S. total at $654.7 million (still sitting behind Black Panther by $45 million).