Ending up in the number one spot this weekend was a film that seemed to have stolen it's way past expectations in “Ocean’s 8.” The film itself was expected to deliver an opening weekend between $20 to $30 million, but would end up grossing an outstanding $41.5 million, which is the largest opening for any “Ocean’s” film thus far (not adjusted for inflation), and the second highest opening weekend of the year for Warner Bros. A solid start to repaying that $70 million budget, “Ocean’s 8” is on it's way to stealing itself a spot in the top ten of the summer, but it will have stiff competition from “The Incredibles 2” this weekend and “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” the following week
“Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” opened in internationally through, attempting to gross as much as it can before the world cup begins to steal some money from the box office, opening with an estimated $150 million over the weekend in foreign markets.
Meanwhile, “Ocean’s 8” kicked off things in sixteen markets in the international markets, raking in an additional $12.2 million to bring its worldwide total to $53.7 million. Receiving a B+ Cinemascore, “Ocean’s 8” may have an even more successful road ahead of it, and has the potential to surpass a $130 million domestic total.
Coming in second place was a film that received an average Cinemascore as well, as Lucasfilm and Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” continues to struggle at the box office as in its third weekend, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” grossed a mediocre $15.5 million. The domestic cume of the film has barely surpassed $176 million, which for a sense of comparison with fellow Star Wars films, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is currently lagging behind “Rogue One” which had already grossed $424 million by this time in it's run. It seems that “Solo: A Star Wars Story” continues to be the punished film by the fans whose constant vitreal and lashing out towards Star Wars creators and actors has led to that wide margin, but the film’s quality itself could have something to do with that as well.
“Deadpool 2” comes in third place with $14.1 million, a 40% drop off from its previous weekend, as it continues to track about $30 million behind the original. The weekday grosses seem to be higher than the original, an advantage of a summer release date perhaps, but the Merc with a mouth added an extra $18.25 million to its total cumulative box office gross, placing itself at a $655 million gross, with $376 million of that total coming from its domestic market.
The surprise of the weekend though was A24’s “Hereditary” which brought in an estimated $13 million, surpassing the expectations of box office trackers which had the film slated to open between $8 million and $9 million, maybe breaking that $10 million barrier if it was lucky.
“Hereditary” was more than lucky though, budgeted at a reported $10 million, “Hereditary” has become A24’s biggest opening weekend film ever, surpassing “The Witch’s” $8.8 million from 2015. Being A24’s widest release yet as well, “Hereditary” will have a seemingly long road ahead of it with the audiences struggling to find the same resonance for the film as critics have.
With a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score, 4-star ratings from both this site and RogerEbert.com’s Matt Zoller Seitz, and an 87% rating on Metacritic, critics seemingly belove this film, but Cinemascore gave the film a D- score on opening night showings. Luckily the Cinemascore would average out over the weekend to a C- rating, but still disappointing nonetheless, as the trend of A24’s critically acclaimed but audience denounced kind of movies continues. Raising a bunch of questions as to whether viewers have the right expectations for horror films and if the fandom of genre films seems to have gone off the rails.
“Avengers: Infinity War” rounds out the top five with $6.8 million as the epic-scaled movie of heroes continues to narrow in on that $2 billion mark as with the added boost of the disappointing outing from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Avengers: Infinity War” will seemingly surpass that historic $2 billion mark by the end of the week.
The film also received an extended 30-day release from Chinese markets, which has given the film an astounding $353 million. The film currently sits at $1.998 billion with it's cumulative gross, and $654.7 million domestically, making “Avengers: Infinity War” the fifth highest grossing domestic film of all-time, surpassing “Jurassic World’s” $652 million domestic total, and on track to overcome "Titanic's" $659 million domestic total, which means that Disney owns 3 out of the 5 highest grossing domestic films of all-time. Another vital mark set by the box office juggernaut that was founded with a Mouse named Mickey, an incredible thought to see how far they’ve come since those days.
“Hotel Artemis” finds itself below expectations with a mere $3.25 million opening weekend, placing in the eighth place ranking of the weekend chart. The performance isn’t near as bad as “Action Point’s” which fell off 60% from its opening weekend gross of $2.3 million, bringing in $951,998 over the weekend, which brings the film total to $4.5 million.
With a C- Cinemascore, “Action Point” is the worst performing summer film thus far, but the smaller, heart-warming documentary of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” opened in 29 locations with an estimated $470K for a $16,207 per screen average. It’s a much smaller film that has a great chance of surpassing expectations due to its heartwarming messages, and it's focus upon the infamous and kind star known as Mr. Rogers.
The upcoming weekend has two films slated to surprise, but most eyes will be focused on “Incredibles 2” which is expected to perform with an estimated $120 million opening weekend, but “Tag” has received some positive buzz and could open with a solid weekend itself. Pixar and Disney have owned the summer before, and Disney owns most of the box office prominence, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see “Incredibles 2” outperform expectations with a superheroic opening weekend.