The latest installment of the Oceans franchise grossed an estimated $41.5 million at the box office this weekend, making it the highest grossing film in the Oceans series. It’s a ground-breaking moment for women in film, as every main character was a woman, rather than the previous movies, where they featured all-male ensembles, with the exception of Julia Roberts, of course.
The new Oceans movie bumped the latest Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, out of the top spot. As you may know, the Disney-produced epic didn’t do quite as well as originally expected. However, most think it has more to do with the fact that Disney is over-milking the franchise.
Despite the film receiving less than positive reviews, Ocean’s 8 did well, but not as good as the all-female cast version of Ghostbusters which came out two years ago on the same weekend.
However, it cost around $70 million to produce Ocean’s 8, so it’s going to take a few more weekends before they get the money back. Oceans 8 stars Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, and Anne Hathaway, among many others.
And while critics didn’t love it, it was still the highest earning opening weekend out of all the movies, including the original remake starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt.
The 2001 film starring Pitt, Clooney, and Damon, is a remake of the 1960 classic starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, and Joey Bishop. While the latest Oceans movie had a better opening weekend, one wonders if it will surpass the $450,000,000 total of the 2001 remake.
Reportedly, the latest Oceans movie brought in a female audience of around 69%. The result slightly passed expectations.
According to analysts working for Warner Brothers, they expected the film to pull in around $35-$40 million. The distribution chief, Jeff Goldstein, said that the latest movie is “fun,” and it hits at an “underserved audience.”