Ocean's 8 Is Officially No. 1 at the North American Box Office—Thanks Largely to Women

The cast of Ocean's 8 is basically a who's-who of talented women: Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway as a villain with ostentatious French-tipped nails (more on that here). Following the formula of previous, male-centric Ocean's movies, this version shines the spotlight on Bullock, who plays fresh-out-of-prison Debbie Ocean—sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney)—who assembles a girl gang of specialists to steal a diamond at the Met Gala. And you can guess the capers that go on from there.

Now, the movie has another feather to add to its cap: Ocean's 8 easily took No. 1 at the North American box office during its first weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with an estimated $41.5 million coming in from a reported 4,145 theaters.

A huge part of its success? The Hollywood Reporter estimates that almost 70 percent of Ocean's 8's opening-weekend audience identified as female. The strong box office showing marks a big win for female-led movies overall—not to mention gender-flipping remakes—and hopefully shows Hollywood, yet again, that audiences will show up for movies that feature strong, compelling, representative characters (looking at you, Black Panther).

Your move, Hollywood: women showed up for this summer blockbuster. What else do you have for us?

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