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'OCEAN'S 8' STEALS BOX OFFICE WITH $41.5M (06/11/2018)

The female-driven version of the Ocean’s heist franchise opened at the top of the box office with $41.5 million.

Despite the mixed reviews, Ocean’s 8 managed to unseat Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo landed in second place with $15.2 million on its third weekend. It has now grossed $176.1 million, well off its expected pace.

With a budget of $70 million, it had the franchise’s best-ever opening weekend. Ocean’s 8 stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway, blowing away the George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt-toplined Ocean’s that have come out in the past decade. (They all opened at $36 million-$39 million.

The audience for Ocean’s 8 was 69% women.

"We thought we'd come in in the $35-40 (million) range," Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein told the Associated Press. "Number one, it's fun. Number two, it hits an underserved audience. Unfortunately, there is just a lack of stories that are aimed right at women."

Hereditary, starring Toni Collette, debuted with $13 million, a record for production company A24. Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, flopped with a $3.2 million opener.

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Box Office Receipts, per ComScore:

1. "Ocean's 8," $41.5 million ($12.2 million international).

2. "Solo: A Star Wars Story," $15.2 million.

3. "Deadpool 2," $13.7 million ($18.5 million international).

4. "Hereditary," $13 million ($3.5 million international).

5. "Avengers: Infinity War," $6.8 million ($10.9 million international).

6. "Adrift," $5.1 million.

7. "Book Club," $4.2 million.

8. "Hotel Artemis," $3.2 million.

9. "Upgrade," $2.2 million.

10. "Life of the Party," $2.1 million.

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