Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: Female Stars “Ocean’s 8” Steals $41.5 Mil, Highest Opening Ever for The Series (Clooney-Pitt-Damon)


The box office wasn’t exactly hot this weekend, but people went to the movies nonetheless.

“Ocean’s 8” opened with almost $41.5 million, which beats the three previous films with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt. How do you like that? Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 each had opening weekends under $40 million.

The women win!

“Ocean’s 8”  is the simplest heist film I’ve ever seen. All those great actresses, and money from Cartier shining like Rihanna’s diamonds, but just a straightforward heist.  Anyway, they will hit $100 million, which is no small feat. And the next one– Soderbergh? Please?

“Solo” is crawling like a snail to $200 mil domestic. Enough said. The worldwide total (US, any other place that can be counted) is just over $300 mil. Will “Solo” reach $500 mil? Unlikely. Go see it if you haven’t already. It’s a good film. The studio let naysayers decry it to death.

“Book Club” is such a nice hit. They’re going to hit $60 mil easily. They’ve got some international, not much. Australia will love this film. A sequel is a certainty. In this segment the ladies all read “50 Shades of Grey.” Next time, it should be “Valley of the Dolls,” with all of them made up in a fantasy throwback sequence– Jane Fonda as Barbarella in Dior. What a hoot.

“RBG,” the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is at $9.3 million. Amazing! The $10 mil goal isn’t far off. Neither is an Oscar.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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