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Monday June 11, 2007 10:03 am

Ocean Causing Box Office Tidal Wave

George Clooney With star power like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Al Pacino, there was no way Ocean’s Thirteen wasn’t going to be a hit. The stars began filming in July 2006, in the cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, beginning a tidal wave that’s flooding the box office right now.

The star-studded cast is filled with names that include blonde sexpot Ellen Barkin, funnyman Bernie Mac, and Ocean’s alum Andy Garcia. The summer blockbuster is a second-time sequel, much likes its box office counterpart Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.  The Disney flick was supposed to be the biggest of the summer, featuring not just Johnny Depp but more CGI than you can shake a stick at. But the very bankable power of a Clooney/Pitt/Damon combo just can’t be denied, and now it’s Ocean’s Thirteen that’s shaping up to be the summer’s biggest hit. The flick is, at least, this weekend’s biggest hit.

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Grossing $37.1 million and sitting pretty at the number one slot, Ocean’s is proof that you can follow a successful, big-budget re-make with multiple hit sequels. Pirates scored $21.3 million this past weekend, with the hilarious comedy Knocked Up following right on Disney’s heels at $20 million. The animated hits Surf’s Up and Shrek the Third banked $18 million and $15.75 million over the weekend respectively. Disturbia is still pulling in viewers, coming in at number 10 this weekend and further proving the star power of Shia LaBeouf (who is also one of the voices in Surf’s Up).

Will Ocean’s Thirteen continue to reign supreme? It’s only opening weekend, and the film has already taken top honors from the much-touted Depp release, which received somewhat disappointing reviews from critics. When it comes to strange CGI creatures and characters, sometimes less means more at the box office.

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