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LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2018 (News Wires) - The ladies of Ocean's 8 pulled off a solid debut at the box office. Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures' gender-bending heist film opened to $41.5 million from 4,145 locations - a series best for the Ocean's franchise. Overseas, it launched with $12.2 million for a global start of $53.7 million.

Women and older moviegoers bolstered box office numbers. Females accounted for 69 per cent of audiences, while 69 per cent were over the age of 25. Ocean's 8 currently has a B+ CinemaScore and 68 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros, thanks counter-programming against a series of tentpoles for the film's strong debut.

“We exceeded our expectations,” Goldstein said. “There's always been a lack of movies [female-led projects]. I'm glad audiences enjoyed it as much as we did.”

The spinoff marks over a decade since Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon graced the big screen. Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen, which released between 2001 and 2007, each bowed between $36 million and $39 million, not adjusted for inflation. Adjusted for inflation, that range climbs to $48 million and $61 million.

Ocean's 8 represents a solid return for its star, Sandra Bullock. Her latest on-screen role was in 2015 with Our Brand Is Crisis, which bombed with a $3 million opening. The drama grossed only $7 million worldwide. Prior to that, Bullock starred in the critically acclaimed Gravity. The sci-fi thriller, which landed Bullock an Oscar nom, opened with $55.7 million and went on to make $274 domestically and $723 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Toni Collette's Hereditary also got a box office boost. A24's R-rated thriller didn't scare audiences away — it exceeded estimates to open in fourth place with $13 million from 2,964 locations. Hereditary marks A24's best opening weekend in history, outpacing 2015's The Witch's $8.8 million bow.

Ari Aster's directorial debut has been critically lauded since its debut in the Midnight section at Sundance Film Festival. Audiences appear to disagree — the horror film currently has a D+ CinemaScore and 64 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while its critical rating is 94 per cent Fresh.

Not all weekend openers were as fortunate. Hotel Artemis checked in with a dismal $3.1 million on 2,407 screens. Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown star in the action thriller set in the near future.

Hotel Artemis represents Foster's first big screen role since 2013's Elysium, which opened with $29.8 million. The sci-fi drama went on to earn $93 million in North America and $286 worldwide.

Ocean's 8 easily nabbed the box office crown. Solo: A Star Wars Story secured second place with $15.2 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total $176.4 million. Internationally, the Han Solo origin story brought in an additional $11.3 million. The Disney and Lucasfilm movie continues to struggle with a global tally of $312.2 million.

In third is Deadpool 2 with $13.8 million in its fourth frame. Ryan Reynold's antihero film has pocketed $278.9 million in North America and $376 million internationally, including an $18 million overseas haul this weekend.

Rounding out the top five is the seventh weekend of Avengers: Infinity War with $6.9 million. The Marvel adventure picked up another $10.9 million overseas, bringing its global total to $1.998 billion.

Two years ago, Sony's all-female reboot of Ghostbusters launched with $46 million. The sci-fi comedy — starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — struggled to sustain momentum at the box office and tapered off to $128 million in North America. With hefty production costs and expensive marketing, the remake cost Sony around $50 million.

In limited release, Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbour launched with $470,000 on 29 screens. The documentary on the life and legacy of Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood host Fred Rogers stirred up positive social media buzz, with audiences sharing how the film spurred them to tears. It has a 99 per cent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2018 (AFP)  — Sci-fi action flick Rampage topped North American box offices over the weekend, taking in an estimated $34.5 million to barely beat out horror film A Quiet Place, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said on Sunday.

Rampage stars hard-working Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson in a plot perhaps better seen than described: He plays a primatologist who befriends an albino gorilla who grows to enormous size after a rogue experiment and who then teams with Johnson to stop invading monsters.

While the three-day take for the new Warner Bros film was said to be one of the best ever for a video game spinoff, its $120 million budget means the movie “will need to have strong legs to make its money back,” Hollywood Reporter said. Naomie Harris co-stars.

A Quiet Place, in its second week, took in a healthy $32.6 million, buoyed by rave reviews.

The almost wordless Paramount production stars actor/director John Krasinski and real-life wife Emily Blunt as a couple silently struggling to protect their family from invading aliens who are blind but can track their prey by sound.

In third place over the Friday the 13th weekend was yet another horror film, new Universal/Blumhouse release Truth or Dare, which took in $19.1 million — more than five times the movie's minuscule budget. The supernatural thriller stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey as spring breakers caught up in an innocent game that turns deadly.

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One — a futuristic homage to films of the 1980s — took in an estimated $11.2 million to cling to fourth place in its third week out (its budget was a not-so-minuscule $175 million). The Warner Bros film tells the story of a teenage gamer (Wade Watts) who finds himself inside an addictive virtual reality world.


LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2018 (AFP)  — Black Panther broke more records over the weekend in North America, exceeding revenues from the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, while horror thriller A Quiet Place, with barely three minutes of dialogue, made a resounding US$50.2 million debut.

A Quiet Place is built around a simple but chilling premise: flesh-eating creatures have invaded Earth, but they are blind and can track their prey only by sound.

So actor/director John Krasinski, his wife (in the film and in real life) Emily Blunt and their children must adapt—through sign language and ingenious adaptations — or die.

The film has drawn rave reviews, with a 97 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One — a futuristic tribute to 1980s films — came in second at US$24.6 million from Friday to Sunday, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The Warner Bros. film tells the story of a teenage gamer (Wade Watts) who finds himself inside an addictive virtual reality world. It’s earned US$96.5 million in two weeks.

In third was another new release, Universal’s Blockers, at US$20.6 million. A raunchy comedy starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, the movie drew considerable buzz at the South by Southwest film festival.

Still flourishing in its eighth week out, Black Panther netted US$8.7 million for fourth spot.

Already the highest-grossing superhero film in US history, its cumulative total in the US and Canada now exceeds US$665.6 million. The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.

That number takes the film past Titanic, which had collected US$659 million in North America. “Black Panther” is now third in movie ticket sales of all time on the continent.

Avatar (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) are still ahead, with US$760 million and US$936.7 million in ticket sales respectively.

In terms of global sales, Avatar leads with US$2.8 billion, followed by Titanic (US$2.2 billion), both directed by James Cameron. Black Panther is only 10th worldwide.

In North America, the weekend’s fifth spot went to psychological thriller Tyler Perry’s Acrimony with US$8.4 million.