Box Office Update – Ocean’s 8 dominates weak weekend
As expected, new release Ocean’s 8 took the top spot at this week’s box office, earning $41.5 million in its opening weekend.
The star-studded cast adds a female twist to the Ocean’s 11 formula, and it dominated the weekend. Ocean’s 8 is also the only one of this weekend’s three new releases that is generating positive reviews and a positive CinemaScore, which tracks audience response. Ocean’s 8 scored a ‘B-plus’ CinemaScore.
Solo – A Star Wars Story dropped less than 50 percent this weekend, earning $15.2 million and raising its domestic total to $176 million. Solo is still the worst-performing live-action Star Wars film (2008‘s Clone Wars animated film is the worst-performing theatrical release in the franchise). However, it did bump up to $312 million worldwide. Coupled with digital and Blu-Ray releases, Solo will make its money back and much, much more. But the theatrical run is definitely underwhelming. It’s important to acknowledge that for almost any other series – Marvel Cinematic Universe included – Solo would be considered, if not a domestic hit, at least a film that performed strong in its domestic run (it’s earned more than several MCU films). But, it’s not part of any other universe or franchise. It’s Star Wars. So, it is undoubtedly a theatrical failure, even though it’s received generally positive critical and audience response.
Another film with generally strong critical and audience response is Deadpool 2, which took the No. 3 spot, this weekend, with $13.65 million. Deadpool 2 has now earned $278 million domestically and $655 million worldwide. The Merc with a Mouth will be hard-pressed to pass his first outing in either category, however. The first Deadpool finished with $783.1 million worldwide and $363 million domestically.
The weekend’s fourth-place film was horror entry Hereditary, which earned $13 million in a domestic-only release. The thriller stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, and it’s one of the better-reviewed films of the year with a 93 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. There is a very big difference in critical opinion and audience opinion, though. Crowds aren’t loving Hereditary, giving it a ‘D-plus’ CinemaScore.
That bad word-of-mouth may kill this small horror film in theaters sooner rather than later, even if critics love it. Though it doesn’t seem to be nearly as divisive as last year’s mother!, Hereditary might not be on the big screen long, so go see it while you can.
Avengers – Infinity War rouned out this weekend’s box office top 5. The MCU’s biggest film, to date, Infinity War earned another $6.8 million this weekend, rising to $654.7 million domestically. That still trails Black Panther’s $699 million domestic total for second place in 2018, but Infinity War continues to close in on $2 billion worldwide. It will likely reach that mark in the next few days, as it sits at $1.998 billion after this weekend. Star Wars – The Force Awakens sits above Infinity War at third-place all-time in worldwide grosses at $2.068 billion. Titanic is No. 2 ($2.187 billion) and Avatar sits atop the pile with $2.788 billion.
It is now becoming increasingly unlikely that Infinity War can catch Star Wars at No. 3.
The weekend’s other new release didn’t get any help from its all-star cast. Hotel Artemis scored 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a ‘C-minus’ CinemaScore, and apparently the lack of excitement from those who saw the film in theaters was contagious. The action thriller that stars Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista – among others – earned just $3.1 million in its first weekend.