Crime really did pay this weekend with ‘Ocean’s 8’ breaking the franchise record and opening with $41.6m, $2.4m above ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, and just $600k off our original estimates. It’s a solid start that almost mirrors ‘Ghostbusters’, which made $46m (but also had double the budget). The plan now for ‘Ocean’s 8’ is for a nice, leggy, summer run – it was never really a highly-anticipated blockbuster. Its skewed audience (69% female, and 69% over-25s) may scupper the scheme, but even a decent 2.5x opening weekend multiplier would land ‘Ocean’s 8’ with a strong $104m domestic final gross.
‘Solo’ posted a better-than-expected 46% drop this weekend, right before its inevitable double-knockout at the hands of ‘The Incredibles 2’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ in the next two weeks. Maybe that’s harsh; its numbers are decent, if you forget that a) it’s a ‘Star Wars’ film, and b) it cost over $300m to produce. A budget of $125m max would have seen the film possibly break-even, but the extensive reshoots removed any possibility of that happening. It’s currently pacing $13m behind ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, which ended up grossing $233.9m in the U.S. – ‘Solo’ would be lucky to even hit $200m.
In third place was ‘Deadpool 2’, continuing its impressive run by bringing in $14.1m. Its current worldwide total of $655.7m is still $130m away from ‘Deadpool’s original total however, showing just how massive the first film was. At $363.1m domestic and nearly $800m worldwide, it was the 6th biggest domestic hit and 9th biggest global film in 2016. ‘Deadpool 2’ is currently 3rd on both lists for 2018, but is $400m away from ‘Infinity War’s $655.1m domestic total and a massive $700m off of ‘Black Panther’s $1.35bn global gross.
‘Hereditary’ broke A24’s opening record with $13.6m, making it two in two for the new releases this weekend. This 3-day total is solid for a $10m budget, but hopes of the film having a long Box Office run is seriously harmed by its audience reaction; its poor D+ Cinemascore harkens back to the audience reactions of ‘Mother!’ and ‘It Comes At Night’, two horrors famously mis-marketed, resulting in an F and D score on Cinemascore alike.
Remarkably, ‘Infinity War’ held best this weekend with only a 31% drop, bringing in $7.2m. Its worldwide figure of $1.999bn is just $500k away from making ‘Infinity War’ just the fourth film ever (behind ‘The Force Awakens’, ‘Titanic’, and ‘Avatar’) to reach $2bn. Impressive stuff. ‘Adrift’ was nearly drowned by ‘Ocean’s 8’ eating into its audience, posting just $5.3m (a 55% fall) for a $22m domestic total. Profit for this is probably beyond reach now, but rom-com ‘Book Club’s weekend makes for good reading, as it brought in $4.3m in the last 3-days. Although this was ‘Book Club’s biggest drop so far, it’s still one of the leggiest films of the year, boasting a 4.2x opening weekend multiplier, with at least $10m left in the tank.
In possibly the most disappointing news of the weekend, ‘Hotel Artemis’ continued new studio, Global Road’s abysmal Box Office run this year, by opening to just $3.2m, below even the most pessimistic of expectations. The crime thriller, by first time director Drew Pearce, was in direct competition with ‘Hereditary’ for the male, over-25 demographic, and its C- on Cinemascore has seemingly cemented its fate. Finally, in 9th and 10th place, we saw ‘Upgrade’ bring in a decent $2.4m to close in on BH Tilt’s record of $10.8m (‘The Darkness’) with $9.4m so far, and ‘Life of the Party’ grossed $2.2m for a worldwide total just shy of $60m.
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|Rank||Last Week Rank||Film||Total U.S. Gross||Weekend Gross||Weekend drop||Jumpcut’s prediction||Difference||Week number|
|2||1||Solo: A Star Wars Story||$176.7m||$15.7m||-46.4%||$13.8m||$1.5m||3|
|5||4||Avengers: Infinity War||$655.1m||$7.2m||-31.1%||$6.8m||$0.4m||7|
|10||7||Life of the Party||$50.3m||$2.2m||-38.2%||$2m||$0.2m||5|