YOUR BOX OFFICE NUMBERS (from Box Office Mojo):
- Ocean’s 8
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Deadpool 2
- Avengers: Infinity War
With $41.5M, Ocean’s 8 made a little bit more this weekend than each of its main characters do, which still amounts to the best unadjusted (and worst adjusted) opening of the franchise. For a mid-budget picture ($70M, much lower than the first three) that’s a decent debut and it should allow the film to turn a modest profit when all’s said and done. Here’s to Ocean’s 9, 10 and, in an ambitious crossover that will surely happen if we get that far, 14, with Bullock, Clooney, and 104 year old Carl Reiner.
In second place, Solo continued its ignominious slide and now looks like it may not even be able to slog its way to $200M domestic. Deadpool 2 held on okay in its fourth weekend but continues to trail its predecessor’s grosses. Hereditary was good for A24’s largest opening weekend ever in a surprisingly wide release, but a disappointing Cinemascore suggests it may not have legs. Infinity War added a little under $7M in its 7th weekend; in its equivalent frame back at the end of March, Black Panther earned $11.5M. In running totals the two films are neck and neck, and we should reach the crossover point where BP had earned more after [X] days than IW sometime this week.
Elsewhere on the charts, Black Panther itself is still hanging in there down at rank 22, reduced to a couple hundred second-run theaters. With only $600K left to go, it’ll be a real shame if it vanishes entirely before reaching an even $700M. The weekend’s other new wide-ish release, Hotel Artemis, failed to find an audience and checked in at 8th place with a disappointing $3.2M. And in limited release, Mister Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor made $470K on 29 screens.
Next week, Incredibles 2 is projected to bust blocks all over the place with an opening that could potentially dethrone Finding Dory for biggest animated debut, and it’s anyone’s guess how Tag will do (my guess: not well).