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story.lead_photo.caption Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool and Leslie Uggams stars as Blind Al in Twentieth Century Fox’s Deadpool 2. It came in third at last weekend’s box office and made about $14.7 million.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ocean's 8, the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.6 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling Solo: A Star Wars Story.

At a lower price point and in a less fanboy-guarded franchise, Ocean's 8 -- despite ho-hum reviews -- found nothing like the stormy reception that the female-led Ghostbusters reboot did on the same weekend two years ago.

Made for approximately $70 million, Ocean's 8 and its cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, set an opening-weekend best for the franchise, not accounting for inflation. The three previous Ocean's films -- starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, and based on the 1960 original Ocean's 11, with Frank Sinatra -- all debuted with between $36-39 million in the last decade.

Ocean's 8, also starring Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, drew a largely female audience -- 69 percent -- for a result that slightly surpassed expectations.

The horror thriller Hereditary, starring Toni Collette, debuted with about $13.6 million, setting a new company record for A24, the indie distributor behind releases like The Witch and Moonlight. The feature-film directing debut of Ari Aster, Hereditary has received rave reviews and been hailed as the year's scariest movie since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Either from disappointment or simply because they were stunned from fear, audiences gave Hereditary -- about a family cursed after the death of its matriarch -- a D-plus CinemaScore.

Less successful was Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster. The Global Road release, also starring Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista and Charlie Day, flopped with $3.2 million in 2,407 theaters. Set in a near-future Los Angeles, Hotel Artemis is about a members-only hospital for criminals.

Coming between more massive blockbusters like the recent Solo and the upcoming Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World, the weekend was down about 20 percent from last year, according to comScore, when Wonder Woman was setting box-office records. But some of the story was still the same.

One of the early summer's more breakout hits has been the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, which has made $9.1 million in six weeks of release through Sunday.

Opening this weekend was another documentary that may prove a similar sensation: the Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? The Focus Features release grossed $475,000 in 29 theaters for a per-theater average of about $16,394. The film, 99 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, has been acclaimed for its portrait of the man behind Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Focus said two-thirds of the documentary's audience was under the age of 45.

Meanwhile, the troubled Solo slid to second place with $15.7 million on its third weekend. It has now grossed $176.7 million, well off its expected pace.

MovieStyle on 06/15/2018

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