'Ocean's 8' tops North American box office in opening weekend

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures' women-led heist comedy film "Ocean's 8" took the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated 41.5 million US dollars in its opening weekend, dethroning the latest "Star Wars" film "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock among others, "Ocean's 8" follows a group of women, led by Debbie Ocean, who plan on robbing the Met Gala in New York. According to studio figures collected by comScore, the spin-off from Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy set a new best for the franchise.

The film, which cost 70 million dollars to make, earned a "B+" from moviegoers on CinemaScore and a 67 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes to date. Female moviegoers accounted for 69 percent of audiences, while 69 percent of the audience were over the age of 25.

Disney and Lucasfilms's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" moved to second place with an estimated 15.15 million dollars in its third weekend. The film has earned 176.1 million dollars in North American theatres through Sunday for a global cume of 312.2 million dollars.

Based on the "Star Wars" legendary character Han Solo, the "Star Wars" prequel is the second of the "Star Wars" anthology films following "Rogue One." Directed by Ron Howard, the films stars Alden Ehrenrich as Han Solo and tells the origin story of how this iconic character and also how he met Lando Calrissian and co-pilot Chewbacca.

20th Century Fox's superhero film "Deadpool 2" came in third place with an estimated 13.65 million dollars in its fourth weekend, pushing its North American cume to 278.6 million dollars through Sunday. The film directed by David Leitch and starring Ryan Reynolds is the sequel to the 2016 film "Deadpool" based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool.

A24's supernatural horror film "Hereditary" opened in fourth place with an estimated 13.03 million dollars. The film directed by Ari Aster follows a family that begins to be haunted following the death of their reclusive grandmother.

"Not for the faint of heart, 'Hereditary' pushes the limits of horror and psychological terror to a terrifying level of intensity," wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua.

Disney and Marvel's superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" finished fifth with an estimated 6.83 million dollars. The film has brought in 654.7 million dollars in North America and a massive 1,998 million dollars worldwide through Sunday.

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