'Ocean's 8' tops the North American box office with $41.5M

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures' gender-bending heist film opened to $41.5 million from 4,145 locations - a series best for the "Ocean's" franchise. Its global intake has hit $53.7 million, thanks to another $12.2 million in sales overseas.

As Deadline reported, women showed up for the film as well-69% of the audience were women.

It helps, too, that Ocean's 8 should have strong legs throughout the month, as one of the few choices outside of traditional blockbusters for older adults, who are more likely to wait until the second and third weekends to see a movie.

"We're proud of the movie", said Jeff Goldstein, the studio's distribution chief. "There's always been a lack of movies [female-led projects]". "And I of course freaked out and loved it so much". If it happens, it would beat the early 2000s trilogy, which had its best opening with 2004's Ocean's Twelve at $39.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that range climbs to $48 million and $61 million. The film debuts in the United States tomorrow June 8, 2018.

"Extra's" AJ Calloway caught up with Sandra Bullock at the NYC premiere of "Ocean's 8", where she opened up about the star-studded cast!

Not doing so well was Hotel Artemis, which had a disappointing $3.1 million debut. The sci-fi thriller, which landed Bullock an Oscar nom, opened with 55.7 million dollars and went on to make 274 million dollars domestically and 723 million dollars worldwide.

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This weekend's well reviewed horror release Hereditary took fourth place with $13 million. The R-rated thriller snagged a $13 million opening weekend, although audiences polled after screening the film weren't almost as enthusiastic as critics.

Though audiences gave the notoriously scary film a D-plus CinemaScore, it set a company record for boutique distributor A24 with a $13million debut.

The film will close the weekend with about $41.5 million in United States receipts.

Rounding out the top five is the seventh weekend of Avengers: Infinity War with US$6.9 million.

If you remember, Ghostbusters was also an all-female reboot that starred Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones. It cost $15 million with A-list stars making sacrifices to appear in it. It received a fresh score from Rotten Tomatoes (69 percent) and a solid but not spectacular B+ from Cinemascore. The Focus Features release grossed $470,000 in 29 theaters for a per-theater average of about $16,000.