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Box-Office Preview: Female-Led ‘Ocean’s 8’ to Win Weekend With $35M-$40M Heist

Sundance horror sensation ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Hotel Artemis’ also open nationwide.

The star-studded, female-fronted Ocean’s 8 should have no trouble winning the weekend box-office crown with a domestic debut in the $35 million-$40 million range, toppling holdover Solo: A Star Wars Story.

From Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, Ocean’s 8 is a spinoff of the Ocean’s Eleven series and is among a slew of gender-swapping reboots and remakes being plotted by Hollywood studios. The film is the biggest title on Warners’ summer slate with the studio saving its big tentpoles for the fall and winter.

Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross, stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter as the titular eight master thieves. 

Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean, portrayed by George Clooney in the trio of Ocean’s movies directed by Steven Soderbergh but not appearing in this film. The story follows the familiar Ocean’s formula, with Debbie getting released from prison and then assembling a female-led gang of criminal specialists who plot to rob the Met Gala in New York.

Ocean’s 8 opens 11 years after Ocean’s Thirteen hit the big screen. The last film in Soderbergh’s series opened to $36.1 million domestically in June 2007. For comparison, Ocean’s Twelve debuted to $39.2 million in December 2004, while Ocean’s Eleven launched to $38.1 million in December 2001. Adjusted for inflation, those figures rise to $48.1 million, $57.7 million and $61.7 million, respectively.

It also launches a decade after Warner Bros. made box-office history in May 2008 when the film adaptation of HBO’s Sex and the City galvanized female moviegoers, opening to a record-breaking $57 million, the top launch ever for an R-rated film, as well as, most significantly, a film with a mostly female cast.

Richard Armitage, James Corden and Dakota Fanning round out the cast of Ocean’s 8, along with a slew of actors and celebrities making cameos.

The weekend’s two other new entries are A24’s critically acclaimed supernatural horror pic Hereditary and Global Road’s Hotel Artemis, both of which are tracking to open in the $6 million-$8 million range, give or take.

Hereditary, premiering in the midnight section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, marks the feature directorial debut of Ari Aster and stars Tony Collette opposite Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. The story follows a family who is haunted following the death of the clan’s matriarch.

Hotel Artemis is an action-thriller directed by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce, his feature debut. The starry cast includes Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.

Set in a near-future Los Angeles, the story follows a nurse (Foster) who runs a secret, members-only emergency medical ward for would-be crooks.

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