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To no one’s surprise, Solo: A Star Wars Storyrelinquished the top spot at the box office over the weekend, but it was heist sequel Ocean’s 8that took its place, and not one of the already released superhero films in the midst of record-breaking runs.

The female-led ensemble film not only won the weekend, but ended up with the biggest opening weekend for any installment of the four-film heist series that began with 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven (a remake of the 1960 film of the same name). The $41.5 million premiere forOcean’s 8 topped the $39.1 million earned by previous record-holderOcean’s Twelvewhen it debuted in 2004, and far exceeded pundits’ predictions for the film.

Reviews ofOcean’s 8 were mixed, however, with professional critics giving it a68-percent “Fresh” rating and audiences giving it a “B+” grade. The reviews put it in the bottom half of the franchise critically, but right in line with the other three films according to audiences’ standards.

Collectively, the modernOcean’s movies have earned $467.6 million domestically and $1.17 billion worldwide, with franchise-starterOcean’s Eleventhe current box-office leader with $183.4 million in U.S. theaters and $450.7 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

#TitleWeekend U.S. TotalWorldwide Total
1.Ocean’s 8 $41.5M$41.5M$53.7M
2.Solo: A Star Wars Story$15.1M$176.1M$312.2M
3.Deadpool 2$13.6M$278.6M$655.2M
5.Avengers: Infinity War$6.8M$654.7M$1.99B
7.Book Club$4.2M$56.8M$56.8M
8.Hotel Artemis$3.1M$3.1M$3.1M
10.Life of the Party$2.1M$50.2M$58.9M

As for the rest of the weekend’s top movies,Solo and Deadpool 2fell into second and third place, respectively, while horror filmHereditary benefited from heavy buzz to outperform expectations and take fourth place for the weekend. The film’s $13 million debut was the biggest so far for distributor A24, beating 2016’s The Witch and adding yet another success to A24’s already impressive list of projects since the company was founded in 2012.

That successful premiere wasn’t exactly reflected in the film’s critical performance, though.Hereditary earned rave reviews from professional critics (currently 93-percent “Fresh”) but was loathed by audiences, earning an atrocious “D+” grade. Still, with how much discussion — good and bad — the film generated, there’s reason to believe it can ride that word-of-mouth wave for another week or two.

The only other new release to crack the weekend’s top 10 films was action ensembleHotel Artemis, which underperformed expectations and failed to win over critics or audiences. It isn’t likely to stick around in theaters very long with so much competition to fill seats.

This upcoming weekend brings a few noteworthy films, including the long-awaited animated sequel Incredibles 2and the ensemble comedyTag. Disney’s Incredibles 2 will almost certainly win the weekend.Action remakeSuperfly also hits theaters, but with considerably less buzz than the two aforementioned films.

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