‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with fran­chise-best $41.5M

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Ocean’s 8,” the fe­male-fronted over­haul of the starry heist fran­chise, opened with an es­ti­mated $41.5 mil­lion at the box of­fice, tak­ing the week­end’s top spot from the fast-fall­ing “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

At a lower price point and in less fan­boy-guarded fran­chise, “Ocean’s 8” — de­spite ho­hum re­views — found noth­ing like the stormy re­cep­tion than the fe­male-led “Ghost­busters” re­boot did on the same week­end two years ago.

Made for ap­prox­i­mately $70 mil­lion, “Ocean’s 8” and its cast fea­tur­ing San­dra Bul­lock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hath­away, set an open­ing-week­end best for the fran­chise, not ac­count­ing for in­fla­tion. The three pre­vi­ous “Ocean’s” films — star­ring Brad Pitt, Ge­orge Clooney and Matt Da­mon, and based on the 1960 orig­i­nal “Ocean’s 11,” with Frank Si­na­tra — all de­buted with be­tween $36-39 mil­lion in the last decade.

“Ocean’s 8,” also star­ring Mindy Kal­ing, Sarah Paul­son, Awk­wa­fina, Ri­hanna and He­lena Bon­ham Carter, drew a largely fe­male au­di­ence — 69 per­cent — for a re­sult that slightly sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We thought we’d come in in the $35-40 (mil­lion) range,” said Warner Bros. dis­tri­bu­tion chief Jeff Gold­stein. “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.”

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