Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the weekend box office for June 7-10, 2018.
The box office gross for the top 20 movies over the weekend was up 28% to $14.19m thanks largely to the fourth instalment in the Ocean’s heist move franchise, Ocean’s 8.
There was also big contributions from Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story which each gathered over $2m.
#1 Ocean’s 8 $5.50m
The all-girl cast managed to top the chart on debut after the three previous Ocean’s movies – Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13 – were released between 2001 and 2007. Now a decade later the fourth in the series stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film opened on 488 screens earning a respectable $11,374 per screen.
#2 Deadpool 2 $2.23m
The fourth weekend of Deadpool 2 saw takings dip 37% as the screens showing the movie dropped by 29 to 308. Those screens delivered a screen average of $8,015 as the movie passed $32m.
#3 Solo: A Star Wars Story $2.07m
Close to $15m after three weekends would be a hit for many releases. However, when you have Star Wars in the title, not so much. The movie shed 198 screens to 410 delivering a screen average of $5,055.
#4 Hereditary $1.14m
Good reviews have helped the release of the horror movie starring Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. A modest opening on 214 screens delivered a screen average of $5,337.
#5 Avengers: Infinity War $660,000
The third biggest movie ever in Australia continues to hover, just, in the top five. Still on 210 screens, the movie had a screen average of $3,144 over the weekend. It has just passed a total of $61.05m to date.
Top photo: Ocean’s 8 actors Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina at CinemaCon 2018