Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock in Ocean's Eight

In Theaters This Week (6/8/2018): Ocean’s Eight, Hereditary, Hotel Artemis

Sterling K. Brown in Hotel Artemis
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week has three wide releases as one of the busiest release months of the year gets underway.
Toni Colette in Hereditary

Three wide releases this weekend have good reviews and a little something for everyone.  The Ocean’s franchise is back.  The all-star ensemble is largely all female this time and centered around Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the sister of George Clooney’s character from last decade’s trilogy.  Ocean’s Eight is getting largely good reviews and is at 73% on RT at time of writing.  Getting mixed to positive reviews is Jodie Foster’s first acting outing since 2013’s Elysium: the science-fiction crime hospital outing Hotel Artemis.  The weekend’s best reviews are for Toni Colette’s horror film Hereditary.  The film is cruising at and impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hereditary (Toni Colette, R, 2hr 7min)

Hotel Artemis (Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, R, 1hr 34min)

Ocean’s Eight (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, PG-13, 1hr 50min)

How Did We Do Last Week? 
KT picked Solo: A Star Wars Story to repeat at the box office, but as in its opening weekend, Solo’s win was a Pyrrhic victory.  Solo dropped 65% from its opening weekend to take in only $29.4 million.  Deadpool 2 finished second with $23.2 million in its third weekend.  Solo will, at this point, barely crack $200 million or so domestic, and with little to add to its total from overseas grosses, doesn’t look like it will come close to recouping Lucasfilm’s investment in the spin-off.  Star Wars has its first bona fide box office bomb.

After six weeks in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War’s totals stand at $646.798 million domestic and $1.969 billion global.  Internationally,  Avengers: Infinity War is 4th all-time,  and domestically, Infinity War is #6 all-time.  It’s looking to cross the $2 billion mark internationally this weekend, and pass Jurassic World for #5 on the domestic charts this weekend.  Titanic at #4 may be just within reach before the film closes its theatrical run.
(2018 Prediction Record: 22-0; Lifetime prediction record 107 – 10).
Emilia Clarke and Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story

With a huge ensemble of female star power, Ocean’s Eight should run away with this weekend.  Unadjusted for inflation, it should equal the best openings from the Clooney era of the franchise.  It should be more than enough to unseat Solo’s falling star.
Ocean's 8 Cast

7 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (6/8/2018): Ocean’s Eight, Hereditary, Hotel Artemis”

  1. I’ve heard it’s best to go into Hereditary knowing as little as possible. The last time I heard that about a movie, Snoke got cut in half midway through, then Princess Leia shockingly opened fire on Poe Dameron at a key moment, because Admiral Holdo actually knew what she was doing all along. The time before THAT that they said to go into a movie unspoiled, Ryan Gosling spent ten minutes wandering through darkness to find a horse that he already knew was going to be there. We ALL knew, BTW. Then he spent another ten minutes wandering through a hotel, and it was where Deckard was living. I waited three decades for the payoff of that scene, and it was still overwrought.

    Hotel Artemis. I’ve always loved Foster, and horror films about medical professionals (and hospitals) have inherent power coming out of the gate. It’s Jodie Foster, so I’m assuming it’s classy, and not an Eli Roth film. Though as we learned from Winchester, “classy” poses its own problems in this genre. But I might watch this at some point, if it turns out okay.

    There are great novelists who could gender swap an existing tale, and exploit the psychological differences between men and women to create something worth writing. I do not have faith that the creators of Ocean’s 8 were working at that level. I think they just decided to center the heist on a fashion show, while putting in jokes about how Sandra Bullock’s character hasn’t found a husband yet (there was one such joke in the penultimate trailer. I hope they don’t think they buried the memory under the subsequent marketing).

    June. Huh. Incredibles 2 looks visually great and the villain looks like he might be very…promising…indeed. Otherwise, the film looks kind of warmed-over, at least from the marketing. Of course I will be there on opening night, but I am not feeling this one, and it’s a real shame, considering how long I (and everyone) waited. Right now the winners of this month look like Tag and JW2 to me. And JW2 is a remake of The Lost World, which back in the day was the sequel no one asked for. Also no one remembers it, because there was no plot. At least JW2 has Lost World’s secret weapon, right? No wait, he’s only a cameo.

    I’m starting to get distressed that it’s sequels that are always hogging to spotlight. I’m not saying there aren’t great sequels, but if Solo had been the biggest hit in the universe, I would have paid money to see the film, 20 years from now, that referenced it.

    There will NOT come a time when we are force-fed references to references. At least, I don’t think so. But we will reach our goal of killing off the imaginations of multitudes. BRING BACK SOME ORIGINAL CONENT, HOLLYWOOD!

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    1. What I’ve heard about JW2 is that it takes itself way too seriously. I have a lot of faith in The Incredibles 2. And, because Taylor Sheridan wrote it, Sicario 2. The amount of 2’s this year is absurd. Original content is becoming so rare, sigh. It’s so much easier to find good, original stuff on TV than it is in a theater.


  2. Sandra Bullock has turned out some excellent comedy films these past few years so when I saw she was going to be in Ocean’s 8 it was a must for me.
    Hotel Artemis looks brilliant. There are so many good films coming out. I have to say, hats off to for, well, all this stuff

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  3. Looking forward to Ocean 8 and their hot looking cast. I’ll be first to call it Debbie Vs Danny. A little brother sister rivalry that would be a hit.


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