Weekend Box Office (June 8 - 10, 2018)
THIS WEEKEND Sandra Bullock and her pals scored a number one debut for the new heist thriller Ocean's 8 which performed slightly above expectations. The opening weekend gross came in at an estimated $41.5M from 4,145 locations for a strong $10,012 average.
Compared to the opening weekends for the previous three films in the Ocean's franchise which were released from 2001 to 2007, 8 scored the highest in gross, but the lowest in terms of tickets sold. All four openings fell within the $36-42M range so they were not too far from each other. The previous installment in the series, Ocean's Thirteen, launched on the exact same date 11 years ago.
The new Warner Bros. film features Bullock as the sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean character from the prior films. She assembles an all-female crew to steal a $150M diamond necklace from the annual Met Gala. Co-stars in the PG-13 project included Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Rihanna.
Reviews were generally upbeat and audiences polled by CinemaScore gave a decent B+ grade. Studio data showed that the crowd was 69% female and 69% over 25. The summer box office is always heavy on testosterone films and this year has been no different. Ocean's 8 provided counter-programming for adult women not interested in comic book movies and instead relied upon ample celebrity starpower to pull in the crowds. Though some heavy hitters like Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom are right around the corner and will attract every quadrant of movie fans, 8 still has limited competition over the next month from films specifically geared towards mature women so the road ahead looks good.
Bumped down to second place was the weakest member of the Star Wars movie franchise - Solo. Disney witnessed a 49% drop in the third weekend to an estimated $15.2M pushing the 17-day cume to $176.1M. This is not at all where the studio was hoping to be at this point in the run. In fact the last stand-alone Star Wars film Rogue One was ahead of this mark after just five days of release. Audiences will be distracted very soon by major tentpoles over the next two weeks so a final domestic gross of about $215M might occur.
Overseas markets are not helping Solo. The brand has always seen international markets contribute a lower share of the global gross compared to most action movie franchises. But the younger Han pic is fading fast from a rough start and dropped 63% this weekend to only $11.3M for an offshore total of just $136.1M. Global is now $312.2M and hitting $400M may not happen. Solo will probably end its global run below films like The Mummy, Terminator Genisys, and Warcraft.
The horror film Hereditary opened in fourth place with a respectable result grossing an estimated $13M from a very wide 2,964 locations for a decent $4,398 average. The R-rated chiller earned terrific reviews which helped spark interest and marketing materials were effective too. But the Toni Collette film was met with an awful D+ grade from moviegoers polled by CinemaScore so word of mouth may not take it too far.
Declining a reasonable 41% in its fourth weekend was Deadpool 2 with an estimated $13.7M boosting Fox's cume to $278.7M. The R-rated super hero pic is running just 11% behind the pace of its 2016 predecessor which was a runaway pop culture smash so for a sequel to be at this level is impressive. Overseas grosses rose to $376.6M putting the global tally at a hefty $655.3M to date on its way to a possible finish of around $725M without any money from China.
Still in the top five in its seventh weekend of play was the world's biggest blockbuster this year, Avengers: Infinity War. The Marvel juggernaut took in an estimated $6.8M, down only 35%, boosting its domestic take to $654.7M which allowed it to surpass Jurassic World this weekend for the number five spot on the list of all-time North American blockbusters. Finishing at about $670M seems likely. Worldwide, the Thanos epic has come within a hair of the $2 billion mark with international grosses now at $1.34 billion and global at $1.998 billion. Look for it to break the milestone on Monday or Tuesday.
The rest of the top ten was filled with scraps that generated averages of below $1,700 each. Shailene Woodley's Adrift fell a sharp 57% in its second weekend to an estimated $5.1M giving STX $21.7M overall on its way to the $30M range. Paramount's Book Club followed with an estimated $4.2M, off 40%, for a new cume of $56.9M.
Audiences had no interest in the new thriller Hotel Artemis which debuted poorly in eighth place with an estimated $3.2M from 2,407 locations for a weak $1,309 average. Reviews were mixed for the R-rated pic and starpower from Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, and Charlie Day did little to attract cash. Audiences gave a thumbs down with a C- CinemaScore grade.
Falling 53% in its second weekend was the action title Upgrade with an estimated $2.2M putting BH Tilt at $9.2M to date. Rounding out the top ten was the comedy Life of the Party which collected an estimated $2.1M, down 40%, for a new sum of $50.3M.
The Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor enjoyed a strong debut in limited release opening to an estimated $470,000 from 29 theaters for a nice $16,207 average. Focus earned spectacular reviews across the board on this PG-13 entry which will expand to more cities in the weeks ahead.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $106.9M which was down 22% from last year when Wonder Woman stayed at number one with $58.5M; and down 23% from 2016 when The Conjuring 2 debuted in the top spot with $40.4M.
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|#||Title||Jun 8 - 10||Jun 1 - 3||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Ocean's 8||$ 41,607,378||4,145||1||$ 10,038||$ 41,607,378||Warner Bros.|
|5||Avengers: Infinity War||7,238,699||10,507,279||-31.1||2,882||7||2,512||655,136,398||Disney|
|8||Hotel Artemis||3,232,790||2,407||1||1,343||3,232,790||Global Road|
|10||Life of the Party||2,167,142||3,504,625||-38.2||1,842||5||1,177||50,328,719||Warner Bros.|
|13||A Quiet Place||1,053,285||1,771,171||-40.5||904||10||1,165||185,513,628||Paramount|
|16||Show Dogs||771,332||1,527,370||-49.5||1,148||4||672||16,398,276||Global Road|
|20||Won't You Be My Neighbor||475,419||29||1||16,394||475,419||Focus|
|Top 5||$ 92,318,341||$ 81,724,830||13.0|
|Top 20 vs. 2017||118,180,977||142,071,384||-16.8|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: June 10, 2018 at 3:50PM ET
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