Ocean's (film series)
|Directed by||Steven Soderbergh (1-3)|
Gary Ross (Spin-off)
|Produced by||Jerry Weintraub|
|Music by||David Holmes|
|Edited by||Stephen Mirrione|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|2001, 2004, 2007, 2018|
|Budget||Total (4 films): |
|Box office||Total (4 films): |
The Ocean's series is a collection of American heist films anchored by a trilogy edited, directed or produced by Steven Soderbergh. The original three films were written by George C. Johnson, George Nolfi, along with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, for each respective film. Released from 2001 to 2007, the trilogy is often cited as defining its genre and leading to a proliferation and commercialization of heist films throughout the world.
Based on the 1960 Rat Pack film, Ocean's 11, the series has seen mixed to favorable critical reception and substantial commercial success. Collectively grossing US$1.17 billion worldwide, the most commercially successful rendition was the first, Ocean's Eleven (2001). It established the ensemble cast of George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, as Danny Ocean, Linus Caldwell, and Rusty Ryan, respectively. A long list of supporting cast members maintain the trilogy. The first sequel, Ocean's Twelve was released in 2004 with the third and final film, Ocean's Thirteen, following in 2007. An all-female spin-off written and directed by Gary Ross, Ocean's 8 was released on June 8, 2018, 11 years to the day after Thirteen's release.
The Ocean's film series was inspired by the 1960 heist film, Ocean's 11, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five of the Rat Pack: Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Master thief Danny Ocean (George Clooney), just out of prison, plans an elaborate Las Vegas three-casino-heist to win back his ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts). To that end, he recruits eight other thieves and con men to pull off the complex job, eventually stealing US$160 million.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
The Ocean's crew is blackmailed by the Casino owner they stole from–Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia)–into paying him $198 million (their loot plus interest). The team is given two weeks to come up with the money so they travel to Europe to execute three heists. In order to extend the deadline they attempt to steal world's oldest stock certificate, issued by the Dutch East India Company in 1602. Worth €2.5 million, the certificate is stolen just before the crew get there by a rival thief–"The Night Fox" (Vincent Cassel). The rival thief proposes to the crew a competition to steal Hermitage Museum's Imperial Coronation Egg in order to find out who is the best there is in the world. In exchange for the competition, the rival thief offers to pay back the $198 million debt they have with Terry Benedict. With only a week left, the crew agrees and eventually loses the competition after a Europol detective, Agent Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones), catches them in the act. After this it is revealed that The Night Fox's mentor, Gaspar LeMarc, was behind the heist all along. He told the Ocean's crew to go to the museum beforehand, switch out the real egg for a fake one and convince The Night Fox to steal it. After Danny Ocean explains this plot, he is given the $198 million promised and pays off Terry Benedict.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Ocean and his crew plan to rig a new casino's opening night after its ruthless owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) double crosses one of the gang, with plans to make his life a worthless cesspit of misery, a figurative Tartarus of unending misfortune which needs no explanation apart from a vengeful crew of incredibly skilled thieves.
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Soderbergh and George Clooney initially downplayed the possibility of an Ocean's Fourteen or subsequent sequels due to Bernie Mac's death in 2008. However, a new Ocean's Eleven spin-off with an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock as the sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean was put in development. It was conceived by producer Jerry Weintraub, Soderbergh and Clooney. Olivia Milch wrote the screenplay, and Gary Ross directed the film. Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling were later announced to star in the film. Elizabeth Banks had previously been attached to the project, but a deal between her and Warner Bros. could not be reached.
The title of the spin-off was later revealed to be Ocean's Eight. In August 2016, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and Nora "Awkwafina" Lum were also confirmed to join the cast. The night after her Emmy win, Sarah Paulson was announced as the final cast member of the titular eight. The film was released in the United States on June 8, 2018.
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office revenue||Box office ranking||Budget||Reference|
|United States||Foreign||Worldwide||All time domestic||All time worldwide|
|Ocean's Eleven||December 7, 2001||$183,417,150||$267,300,000||$450,717,150||#231||#229||$85 million|||
|Ocean's Twelve||December 10, 2004||$125,544,280||$237,200,000||$362,744,280||#483||#324||$110 million|||
|Ocean's Thirteen||June 8, 2007||$117,154,724||$194,157,900||$311,312,624||#542||#419||$85 million|||
|Ocean's 8||June 8, 2018||$139,055,376||$152,700,000||$291,755,376||#394||#465||$70 million|||
|Ocean's Eleven||82% (170 reviews)||74 (35 reviews)||B+|
|Ocean's Twelve||55% (183 reviews)||58 (39 reviews)||B-|
|Ocean's Thirteen||70% (196 reviews)||62 (37 reviews)||B+|
|Ocean's 8||68% (275 reviews)||61 (50 reviews)||B+|
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